Thursday, July 21, 2005

Should We Outlaw The "F" Word?

Before you click out, thinking I'm going to start using profanity, let me clarify my provocative title. The "F" word is not the one you expected, but "Failure."

I'll pass on this wire story as it ran. This doesn't surprise me. Nothing much does anymore, when it comes to modern educators and their desire to elevate self-esteem to a place of deity.

(Jul. 20) LONDON (Reuters) -- The word "fail" should be banned from use in British classrooms and replaced with the phrase "deferred success" to avoid demoralizing pupils, a group of teachers has proposed. Members of the Professional Association of Teachers (PAT) argue that telling pupils they have failed can put them off learning for life.

A spokesman for the group said it wanted to avoid labeling children. "We recognize that children do not necessarily achieve success first time," he said. "But I recognize that we can't just strike a word from the dictionary."

The PAT said it would debate the proposal at a conference next week.

3 comments:

nightfly said...

Members of the Professional Association of Teachers (PAT) argue that telling pupils they have failed can put them off learning for life.

Sure, the same way it put off Edison and Einstein.

While these idiots waste time like this, people are dying on the Underground from suicide bombers. Too many F's in grade school?

Gentleman Farmer said...

When my kids were very little, one or another of them were on (soccer) teams that played games for which the adults didn't keep score. But the kids always knew the score. Always.

And no matter what these morons call it, their students will always know the score as well.

thegamebrain said...

Complete nonsense.

I had this story on my blog yesterday, the comments and the emails I received were all very much in agreement.

Ridiculous.