What could be more normal and healthy than for your darling kiddywinkle to go trotting off to school and to have his very own best friend?
Well, apparently the politically correct brigade are now convincing a growing number of primary schools that this is a very, very bad idea indeed! It seems that teachers need to discourage such things because children could be emotionally traumatised when best friends fall out.
FFS! Get a life…
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.”
Quite right, Gaynor.
How the hell are we going to expect our children to grow up to have close personal relationships and to learn to deal with rejection and emotional turmoil if we carry on like this? It’s political correctness gone mad and makes no sense at all.
The role of a teacher is to prepare our children for life as adults. It is not their job to act a therapists providing for emotionally deprived children. If we go down that route, then more crap like this will ouze inexorably in to our schools. The inevitable result of this trend is to turn out dysfunctional children who cannot cope with emotional stress.
And at the end of the day, we send our kids to school to be educated, not brainwashed…