August 29, 2005


The educational wizards at the Weavers School in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, Britain, have come up with a brilliant ploy to deal with a couple of troublesome classrooms - allow the students in them to swear at the teacher up to five times per lesson:

"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," [Assistant Headmaster Richard White] wrote in the letter [to parents].

"Over this number the class will be spoken to by the teacher at the end of the lesson."

Hello, piranhas? Meet bleeding capybara.

Some probably will see this as a referendum on the use of the f-word in public and we certainly have plenty of libertarian friends who think there's nothing wrong with it. However, debate about linguistic standards aside, the more important point here is that the school is attempting to deal with troublemakers through appeasement. (I always thought that was a French specialty.) It is also pinning a giant "Kick Me" sign on the teachers' backsides. I fail to see how any good can come of such a tactic.

UPDATE: Then again, it may get the little darlin's interested in Continental Geography again.

Posted by Robert at August 29, 2005 01:19 PM | TrackBack

If I taught there, I'd quit.

Posted by: rbj at August 29, 2005 02:31 PM

FYI, capybaras taste pretty bad. Very tough. I don't know why piranhas eat them.

Posted by: House of Payne at August 29, 2005 07:13 PM

A close friend of mine from college taught at the middle school for seven years, and gave it up, in part, because she could not count on the parents to back her when discussing their kid's errant behavior in the classroom.

Posted by: KMR at August 29, 2005 09:21 PM


"Don't you even!"


"That's it! Detention for you young man!"

But but but... I traded a F*CK for a hot cross-bun at elevenses...

"OH... well... that's... are you snickering?"

Oh F*CK!

Posted by: DANEgerus at August 30, 2005 12:09 AM

And they wont wash their filthy little mouths out becuase some psyco babble nit wits says its bad for their self esteme what a bunch of horse kaka

Posted by: crafty curlew at September 2, 2005 08:58 PM
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