You Can Say The F-Word In Class, But Only Five Times…
Brace yourselves, folks, because this IS NOT satire, although it may be a sign of a apocalypse:
“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.
Parents were advised of the plan, which comes into effect when term starts next week, in a letter from the Weavers School in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.
Assistant headmaster Richard White said the policy was aimed at 15 and 16-year-olds in two classes which are considered troublesome.
“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.”
…Headmaster Alan Large said he had received no complaints about the policy. “The reality is that the fword is part of these young adults’ everyday language,” he said.
“As a temporary policy we are giving them a bit of leeway, but want them to think about the way they talk and how they might do better.”
Obviously something has gone horribly awry in this school. Is it possible that the teachers just aren’t assertive enough to do their jobs? Could these kids be incorrigible punks who don’t belong in a classroom? Is it just a case of political correctness gone mad?
Whatever the case may be, the very first thing they should do is replace the headmaster with someone competent because anyone who approves of letting high school students drop the f-bomb in class has no business working with kids. If you can’t even enforce basic discipline, you certainly can’t teach kids anything. That’s not exactly rocket science…