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August 29, 2005

UK Schools Get Tough: No More Than Five Uses Of The F-Word To Your Teacher Per Lesson!

They've gone off their trolleys:

A secondary school is to allow pupils to swear at teachers - as long as they don't do so more than five times in a lesson. A running tally of how many times the f-word has been used will be kept on the board. If a class goes over the limit, they will be 'spoken' to at the end of the lesson.

The astonishing policy, which the school says will improve the behaviour of pupils, was condemned by parents' groups and MPs yesterday. They warned it would backfire.

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"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," he wrote in the letter

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

Parents called the rule 'wholly irresponsible and ludicrous'.

"This appears to be a misguided attempt to speak to kids on their own level," said the father of one pupil.

Well, actually, no it's not. The teachers apparently don't get to curse back at the students.

Oscar Wilde noted, devilishly, that the best way to avoid temptation is to succumb to it.

But there really are people who think like that. For them, the best way to avoid bad behavior is to simply redefine it as not-bad behavior. Problem solved!


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