Teachers in the UK are banning school children from having best friends so they don’t get hurt if the friendships break up. School children in Kingston, South West London, and Surrey are being told they can’t have best friends and must play in large groups.
I hope Nanny Bloomberg doesn’t hear about this!
Now that we all see ourselves as part of the Collective, it makes sense that teachers would feel empowered to do this.
It is important for most children to have a best friend. It is especially important for children who need small one-on-one relationships. That concept is lost when the concept of the individual and individual rights are disregarded.
It is actually very harmful to force more solitary children into large groups. We are all different and not everyone wants a lot of acquaintances. Some people want a few good friends.
Having friendships break up is an important learning experience.
via the Sun UK
“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.”
Russell Hobby, of the National Association of Head Teachers, confirmed some schools were adopting best-friend bans.
He said: “I don’t think it is widespread but it is clearly happening. It seems bizarre.
“I don’t see how you can stop people from forming close friendships. We make and lose friends throughout our lives.” The Campaign for Real Education, which wants more parental choice in state education, said the “ridiculous” policy was robbing children of their childhood.
Spokesman Chris McGovern added: “Children take things very seriously and if you tell them they can’t have a best friend it can be seriously damaging to them. They need to learn about relationships.”