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TGM
03-23-12, 09:53 AM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2116699/No-best-friends-policy-rise-primary-schools-critics-warn-teachers-interfere-childs-play.html

Primary schools are adopting a 'no best friends' policy to shield children from the pain of falling out.

But critics are warning it is preventing youngsters from learning about the ups and downs of life.

Educational psychologist Gaynor Sbuttoni, who provides counselling for children in London, said the practice of teachers encouraging kids to play in large groups instead of developing tight-knit bonds is increasingly common.

She said teachers have consulted her about the rights and wrongs of the policy, but stressed they should not be interfering with friendships and that it is natural for children to want a best friend.

Ms Sbuttoni added: 'If they break up, they have to feel the pain because then they're learning to deal with it.

'As parents, we're all trying to prevent our children feeling pain, but what we should be doing is helping them bear it and find solutions, rather than trying to take it away.'

Judith Mortell, also an educational psychologist, told The Sunday Times some schools view the policy as a waste of valuable curriculum time, while others see it as part of a holistic approach to eduction.

National Association of Teachers general secretary, Russel Hobby, added: 'I don't see how you can stop people forming close friendships. We make and lose friends throughout our lives.'

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Randy Miller III
03-23-12, 09:58 AM
Stupid Americ....oh.

General Zod
03-23-12, 10:16 AM
It's the future.. Drop "friend" add "Contact"

kvrdave
03-23-12, 04:02 PM
"I don't want my pain taken away, I need my pain." - Captain James T. Kirk, STV

I've Dr. Mabused all over your thread.

Dr Mabuse
03-23-12, 04:27 PM
:lol:

Supermallet
03-27-12, 01:17 AM
"I don't want my pain taken away, I need my pain." - Captain James T. Kirk, STV

I've Dr. Mabused all over your thread.

Sorry, this thread is about British schools. We can only accept Doctor Who or Black Adder quotes.

crazyronin
03-27-12, 06:08 AM
Sorry, this thread is about British schools. We can only accept Doctor Who or Black Adder quotes.


"A man may fight for many things. His country, his friends, his principles, the glistening tear on the cheek of a golden child. But personally, I'd mud-wrestle my own mother for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a sack of French porn."

Better?

wendersfan
03-27-12, 08:13 AM
The Daily Mail. -ohbfrank-

Supermallet
03-27-12, 11:28 AM
"A man may fight for many things. His country, his friends, his principles, the glistening tear on the cheek of a golden child. But personally, I'd mud-wrestle my own mother for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a sack of French porn."

Better?

Yes. Now make Kvrdave write that out a hundred times.

wishbone
03-27-12, 11:33 AM
Having your own school bus > a sack of French porn.

kvrdave
03-27-12, 12:19 PM
:lol:

Bandoman
03-27-12, 01:17 PM
You need a best friend so that you have someone you trust who will dispose of your sack of French porn in the event of your death.

Sean O'Hara
03-27-12, 02:28 PM
The Daily Mail. -ohbfrank-

Is there any British paper where that isn't the appropriate reaction?

wendersfan
03-27-12, 02:53 PM
Is there any British paper where that isn't the appropriate reaction?
Guardian, Independent, Telegraph, Times.

crazyronin
03-27-12, 05:10 PM
Having your own school bus > a sack of French porn.

When the Duke of Wellington is aiming a cannon at your chest, a metal cigarillo case > having your own school bus.

so there.