August 29, 2005

UK Schools Get Tough: No More Than Five Uses Of The F-Word To Your Teacher Per Lesson!
— Ace

They've gone off their trolleys:

A secondary school is to allow pupils to swear at teachers - as long as they don't do so more than five times in a lesson. A running tally of how many times the f-word has been used will be kept on the board. If a class goes over the limit, they will be 'spoken' to at the end of the lesson.

The astonishing policy, which the school says will improve the behaviour of pupils, was condemned by parents' groups and MPs yesterday. They warned it would backfire.


"Within each lesson the teacher will initially tolerate (although not condone) the use of the f-word (or derivatives) five times and these will be tallied on the board so all students can see the running score," he wrote in the letter

"Over this number the class will be spoken to by the teacher at the end of the lesson."

Parents called the rule 'wholly irresponsible and ludicrous'.

"This appears to be a misguided attempt to speak to kids on their own level," said the father of one pupil.

Well, actually, no it's not. The teachers apparently don't get to curse back at the students.

Oscar Wilde noted, devilishly, that the best way to avoid temptation is to succumb to it.

But there really are people who think like that. For them, the best way to avoid bad behavior is to simply redefine it as not-bad behavior. Problem solved!

Posted by: Ace at 08:47 AM | Comments (9)
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1 The race will be on to see which class gets to 5
'f-words' (or derivitives) first...
Kids love to be 'challenged' in the learning process...

Posted by: Uncle Jefe at August 29, 2005 09:07 AM (xuO8w)

2 Are these the same education officials that wanted to ban that other "f" word.... Fail?

Posted by: Chad at August 29, 2005 09:16 AM (tbq53)

3 Ace said:

"For them, the best way to avoid bad behavior is to simply redefine it as not-bad behavior."

Well said!!

The West is moving more and more towards a culture that does not allow any moral judgements whatsoever on bad behavior. Go Liberalism!!

Posted by: the daily missive at August 29, 2005 09:22 AM (e+VnK)

4 They don't need "tolerance" like this - they need P.A.I.N.

P.A.I.N. proven effective since the beginning of recorded history.

Posted by: Tony at August 29, 2005 09:34 AM (dYcZw)

5 I'm from another era. In third grade, during lunch recess, a boy wrote on my class blackboard, "That darn Mrs. __ ," which made me giggle like hell. Unfortunately, we forgot to erase it.

I denied I did it and wouldn't give him up. My story was, "I dunno" and I was sticking to it. The principal was called and I was put under a hot lamp. I tell you, it was hell! Nothing happened, but I wish it had, because the fear they instilled in me was worse than any punishment.

Posted by: at August 29, 2005 09:42 AM (fZQD0)

6 Man, and we're not even allowed to use the word here!

Posted by: carin at August 29, 2005 10:30 AM (H40bH)

7 Maybe AoSHQ can institute the same rule: five uses of the F-word per thread. Either five lucky commenters get to spice up their prose, or one person can post "f*ck, f*ck, f*ck, f*ckety-f*ck," after which no one else can drop the f-bomb.

Sounds sensible to me. I mean, this was recommended by accredited teachers, right? And if we can't rely on teachers to show good judgment and common sense, then we're in serious trouble.

Posted by: utron at August 29, 2005 12:30 PM (VVBQC)

8 I blogged about it here - tried to quote some in my comment, but the filter didn't like the content for some reason:

Posted by: Kimberly at August 29, 2005 02:08 PM (mwYug)

9 Man, and we're not even allowed to use the word here!

Are you kidding? Fuck you, Carin.

(This is a test -- I'm not mad at Carin.)

Posted by: Michael at August 29, 2005 03:15 PM (pRtzm)

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