This story may be somewhat sensational, and I did read it in English tabloid newspapers Daily Mail and The Sun, but also highly respected Sunday Times writes about it: Primary teachers ban best friends (not online).
Russell Hobby, of the National Association of Head Teachers, confirms some schools have adopted best-friend bans, and according to Educational psychologist Gaynor Sbuttoni, the practice of teachers encouraging kids to play in large groups instead of developing tight-knit bonds is increasingly common.
The practice may not be widespread, but the fact it is happening at all is.. well, I can hardly find words.. – All I know is I am OUTRAGED !
Judith Mortell, also an educational psychologist, tells 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 education.
A holistic approach to education??? – “Holistic” my bare !!!
Here some reader-comments, and I couldn’t have expressed it better myself !
“Wow. Is this a test or some kind of research? Can someone really suggest something as policy, acting as a “psychologist”, which reveals an utter poverty of understanding of human psychology”.
“A typical case of the cure being worse than the disease”.
“Pathetic, just pathetic” !
“Whatever next…..stop kids from playing?? Ban them from being inquisitive?? The world has gone mad” !!!!
“A wonder we’re still allowed to fart”.