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You can use the f-word in class (but only five times)

09:58am 29th August 2005

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. Parents were advised of the plan, which comes into effect when term starts next week, in a letter from the Weavers School in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.

Assistant headmaster Richard White said the policy was aimed at 15 and 16-year-olds in two classes which are considered troublesome.

'Tolerate but not condone'

"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.

Should have do's and don'ts

Nick Seaton, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said: "In these sort of situations teachers should be setting clear principles of 'do and don't'.

"They should not be compromising in an apparent attempt to please the pupils. This will send out completely the wrong message.

"Youngsters will play up to this and ensure they use their five goes, demeaning the authority of the teacher."

Tory MP Ann Widdecombe said the policy was based on 'Alice in Wonderland reasoning'.

"What next?" she asked. "Do we allow people to speed five times or burgle five times? You don't improve something by allowing it, you improve something by discouraging it."

'Praise postcards'

The 1,130-pupil school, which was criticised as 'not effective' by Ofsted inspectors last November, also plans to send 'praise postcards' to the parents of children who do not swear and who turn up on time for lessons.

Headmaster Alan Large said he had received no complaints about the policy. "The reality is that the fword is part of these young adults' everyday language," he said. "As a temporary policy we are giving them a bit of leeway, but want them to think about the way they talk and how they might do better."
 

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:spank: Next, the school will implement a policy where the students can steal-- but only three times a week.#-o "Tolerate but not condone" and I thought we had some idiots here in New England schools.
 

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No f'ing way!! I don't f'in believe this story Harry. No f'in kid of mine would use that kind of f'in language... F'in foul-mouthed mother f'in punks.
(Uh oh, I'm 1 over the limit… I'm f'ed)
 

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no no no this is just f*cking wrong!!

its the first i heard of it omg schools normaly suspend pupils for any
kind of abusive language, i read the article and its a school in Northampton
wayyyyy up up north lol .. and it can stay up there !!


the headmaster must have had one too many beers to allow swearing in his school
or he is a complete and utter nutter with bells on !!

god when i was in school i was permenantly told to go stand up against the wall
facing it too .. ( caught talking in class :innocent: lol )


i think the UK Goverment should Bring back national service as a punishment for the
anti-social behaviour it would teach them discipline.. :yes:
 

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Cinderella said:
...i think the UK Goverment should Bring back national service as a punishment for the anti-social behaviour it would teach them discipline.. :yes:
Right On Cinder!! - I think you would identify with one of my favorite Presidents; Theodore Roosevelt.
My guess is the "Rough Rider" would have had the same viewpoint as you and I... ;)
 

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To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society..

Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favor;-)
 

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Well, well, well.... I AM Thoroughly Impressed.... :t:
You had an excerpt from 1 of my 2 favorites:

"This country has nothing to fear from the crooked man who fails. We put him in jail. It is the crooked man who succeeds who is a threat to this country." (He may have had a prophecy of Bill Clinton.)

"No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we require him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor."

We havent had anyone like him since. Not even Goldwater could have held his jock... ;)
 
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