Preschool Bans Kids From Having A ‘Best Friend’
Parents have been left fuming after a teacher at a preschool over in the US banned it’s students from having a best friend.
It’s believed that the pre-k school for children aged nine months to five years old, in Maccachusetts, banned the term best friend in order to protect other kids from feeling left out.
One mum from the preschool has said that her daughter, Julia, came home in tears after she got in trouble from her teacher for using the term.
“How do you police a 4-year-old from expressing their feelings?” said Christine Hartwell to her local television station Boston 25 News. “It’s outrageous, it’s silly, it hurts.”
Christine decided to look through the handbook provided by Pentucket Workshop Preschool in order to see if she could find anything that mentioned a ban on the term ‘best friends’ but she claims that there was no such rule.
Christine and her husband then contacted the school for an explanation, to which they received a letter in return claiming that research into the term ‘best friends’ showed it was often hurtful to other children and as a result staff were trying to discourage students from using it.
“It has been our experience (which spans decades) that the use of the term ‘best friend’, even when used in a loving way, can lead other children to feel excluded […] which can ultimately lead to the formation of ‘cliques’ and ‘outsiders’”, read the letter.
Christine was left unsatisfied with the way that the Preschool handled the situation and ultimately she decided to remove her daughter from the school.
“I want her to be able to express her thoughts and feelings in a healthy way, as children should.”
What do you think? Should kids be allowed to have a ‘best friend’ or does it better for the kids if it is banned?
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