Thursday, 11 February 2010

Heres an idea, lets stop children being children!

At least thats what head teacher at Ashcombe Primary School told parents, in so many words, that Valentine cards were banned to save pupils the "emotional trauma" of being rejected.

From the BBC:
A primary school in Weston-super-Mare has been criticised for banning Valentine cards to save pupils the "emotional trauma" of being rejected.
Children at Ashcombe Primary School were stopped from exchanging cards because the head teacher said they were not emotionally mature enough to cope.
Peter Turner told parents of the 430 pupils that cards would be confiscated.
One pupil's mother said: "I think it's outrageous. They're just children. Why spoil their fun?"
The woman, whose son attends the school, said: "It's comical really. I couldn't believe it when I saw the newsletter".

"My son is six and he's had a little girlfriend since nursery. They say they're going to get married, but we don't read anything into it."
Mr Turner said in the newsletter that children get upset when they are "dumped" which interrupts their learning.
He said children should wait until they are mature enough emotionally and socially to understand the commitment in having a boyfriend or girlfriend.
A woman who has a seven-year-old at the school said: "I think it's absolutely ridiculous".

Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe also criticised the move.
She said: "It's only a bit of fun once a year and it doesn't mean anything to kids that age.
"I just think it is rather silly. Haven't they anything better to worry about at that school?"

A spokesman for North Somerset Council said the head teacher was happy to discuss the issue with any parents who have concerns.
He said: "Ashcombe is a primary school and they believe that children under the age of 11 are still emotionally and socially developing and therefore cards declaring love can be confusing.
"Any families wishing to send cards are asked to send them in the post or deliver to home addresses by hand".

Just another example of the ridculous, over protective, mummy coddling society that has come about under a Labour Government. When will this nonsense end?

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