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The Worst School Rule I Have Ever Come Across

At least 3 British schools have banned students from making best friends. That’s right – you haven’t read that incorrectly.

I have heard about some bizarre school rules, but this one definitely takes the cake.

TEACHERS are banning schoolkids from having best pals — so they don’t get upset by fall-outs.

Instead, the primary pupils are being encouraged to play in large groups.

Educational psychologist Gaynor Sbuttoni said the policy has been used at schools in Kingston, South West London, and Surrey.

She added: “I have noticed that teachers tell children they shouldn’t have a best friend and that everyone should play together.

“They are doing it because they want to save the child the pain of splitting up from their best friend. But it is natural for some children to want a best friend. If they break up, they have to feel the pain because they’re learning to deal with it.”

Oh, I’m sorry, I thought schools were supposed to prepare children for the real world. What a terrible rule this is!

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2 Responses to “The Worst School Rule I Have Ever Come Across”

  1. John Tapscott Says:

    While working as an itinerant behaviour teacher I spent as much time as possible in as many classrooms as possible teaching social skills programs; teaching children how to cope with real social situations that confront all of us as we grow up. I noticed while I was doing this that the number of students referred for crisis intervention fell dramatically. Furthermore of those children that were referred the issues of those who had been in one of my programs were more easily and quickly resolved.

    Surely teaching children how to cope with the issues, prevention, is superior to making inane rules that are impossible to enforce.

    One school had a policy of “no hat, no play”. For one 10 year old girl this presented a huge problem. In the first place she wouldn’t wear her hat in the playground. Finally after much coercion and badgering by school staff she wore her hat. The problem arose when she came back to the classroom. She refused to take off her hat. They wanted me, as behaviour teacher, to “fix this kid”. Let me tell you, there was nothing wrong with this kid. She was usually a happy, friendly little soul, who may have been somewhere on the autistic spectrum (not seriously so). My advice to the staff was, “Leave her alone.” The other children knew what she was like and accepted her as she was. It was the adults with their “one size fits all” mentality that were the problem. After leaving her alone on this issue for about 2 weeks they discovered she was taking her hat off before coming into class just like the other kids.

    Now can anyone tell me how a school is supposed to enforce a “no best friend” policy? Not to mention the mental and emotional resources wasted in the attempt. How can people be so foolish?

  2. prideinmadness Says:

    I read about this rule this morning on The Huffington Post and thought it was absurd! I work with children and I teach them that they can have their best friend(s) but that they still need to interact with others and respect them. This is how we do it in the real world and children should not be excluded from learning that! I’m getting irritated with this protective bubble we’re putting around children these days! I’m very worried about the type of adults they’re be.

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