Dangerous Dan Thoughts and musings on the world

8/30/2005

Devolving Standards

Filed under: Education,Society — Dangerous Dan @ 1:10 am

Once again, an education system lowers its standards to accommodate its students instead of trying to bring them up to meet appropriate expectations. A high school in England is allowing the f-word to be used in each class, but only five times per class, mind you. If the limit is exceeded, a horrible punishment is enacted: "Over this number the class will be spoken to by the teacher at the end of the lesson." That's rough.

This is yet another instance of excusing improper behavior on the basis of "accepting reality." The reasoning here is that these kids use the word all the time anyway, so we might as well let them say it in class… but we'll cap its usage. These are adults giving in to their charges instead of holding them to higher standards. Did I say higher standards? Let's try minimal basic-level standards since not cussing in class should be the very least teachers should expect out of their students.

"The reality is that the f-word is part of these young adults' everyday language."

I'm certain there's a great deal more that goes on these kids' daily lives, but that doesn't mean it belongs in the classroom. This is all asinine. When parents and teachers expect so little out of children, they shouldn't be shocked when their expectations are realized.

The school, which has 1,130 pupils, also plans to send "praise postcards" to the parents of children who do not swear in class.

Other praise postcards the school will likely be sending soon:
"Congrats! 30 days without Jimmy shiving another student!"
"We're proud to tell you that your daughter hasn't done drugs in class once this year!"
"While the rest of the class beat up Mrs. Bolton, your son kindly did not participate."

Oh, and maybe the school can make some bumper stickers: "My kid doesn't say "F*ck" at Northamptonshire Secondary School."

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