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Not sure how many people have heard about this, but in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, which is near to where I live incidentally, a head is allowing students at his high school to use the ###### word in lessons, but only up to five times.

Now I wouldn't label myself as being perticularly conservative, but the idea of this just appauls me. I dread to think what would happen, were I to use the ###### word whilst at work when I'm maybe chatting with a potential customer. And don't get me wrong, there is a place where swearing doesn't bother me at all, jeez you should listen to me on team speak 2 whilst gaming, but children inperticular need to know that time of place and school certainly isn't one of them.

Anyway, here is the local news report about it:

Head under fire for swearing decision

A HEADTEACHER'S decision to allow certain pupils to use the F-word up to five times a lesson to prepare them for the real world has continued to come under fire.

Alan Large, head at Weavers School, Wellingborough, said the new rules – which will be brought in at the start of the new academic year on Tuesday – would make teenagers think about how often they swore.

But his decision has been criticised by Wellingborough council leader Eileen Higgins, who called the initiative "appalling".

She said: "It really is the worst thing the school could do to tackle such a problem. Iif they get away with it at school they will think it is acceptable everywhere.

"It is an easy way out – it is not solving the problem. Children go to school to learn English, not to swear.

"It is appalling children are allowed to do such a thing. Those who do not use the word will start to think it is acceptable."

The policy applies to up to 20 students in the isolation unit at the school for children with specialist educational needs between the ages of 14 and 16.

Teachers will record the number of times pupils in two classes use the word by keeping a tally on the board.

The policy will not allow pupils to swear directly at teachers but to use the word as an adjective.

Mr Large, 52, who has been in charge at the school for a year, told the ET his idea would help students realise swearing was not accepted in the "real world".

Moira Shepherd, 84, of Main Street, Barnwell, contacted the ET after reading about Mr Large's decision.

She said: "I cannot believe this sort of thing is possible. That kind of foul language should not be used.

"It is making children accept degenerate language and it is not good for the English language. I was incensed when I heard about it."

MP for Wellingborough and Rushden Peter Bone said he hoped Mr Large will rethink the "utterly misguided" policy before school reconvenes.

He said: "It's a mistake based on woolly thinking. We should be raising standards in our schools, not allowing them to decline by letting children swear in the classroom.

"Why should the majority of children whose parents do not condone swearing have to suffer because of a few? This policy will be to the detriment of those pupils who want to get on with their education.

"If there are a few children in a class who believe it is acceptable to swear at school they should be removed from the class and the teacher should have the authority to do this swiftly and without retribution."

Mr Bone said there should be a zero tolerance policy to ensure standards did not decline.

Mr Large defended his decision, which was criticised by senior politicians, on the morning breakfast television show GMTV.

School behaviour policies are set by the head and governing body and not by the county council.

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Ok. I swear every now and again, but usually under my breath. Kids are gonna do that anyway so they are allowed here to use it aloud.

Still think it not bright.

And that old lady moaning about making the language degenerate? Language changes. There's nothing you can do about it so just live with it.

History of the F-word

Caution, if the f-word offends you don't view this page....

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I dont know, i really dont have an opinion on this matter, i could care less. Im in grade 11, and at my school theres a fair amouunt of swearing in class, even sometimes at teachers and students, and there are rarely any consequences. I do think that the teacher outright saying they can swear probly shouldnt happen.

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Eh. It should be the right of the parents to choose if they want their children shielded from this language.

And is thereby not the schools place to undermine it.

I teach and believe me a lot of parents dont know how to bring kids up.

Most kids do what they do at home.

Most of the time our hands are tied up so far up our backs we cant do any thing.

You are a pupil at school, tell me this, I tell you off and say to you ******* poor home work today.

Is this acceptable from a Teacher?? I dont think so.

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Head under fire for swearing decision

A HEADTEACHER'S decision to allow certain pupils to use the F-word up to five times a lesson to prepare them for the real world has continued to come under fire.

Since when did teachers have to teach kids how to swear? Sheesh :wacko:

Maybe they'll learn how to use the same swear word as a noun, verb, adjective, and adverb :huh:

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i dont entirely condone what this teacher is doing ... but at the same time i think the school system is direly lacking in terms of preparing the youth for the cut throat realities of real life. montessori education is a travesty in example.

i believe that kids today are far too insulated from the very simple lesson that, in fact, life is unfair. indeed, using the F word with reckless abandon does not necessarily convey the concept of fairness. but the issue that kids needs to be better prepared for whats out 'there' is valid. i attribute this failure of the school system for the sheer culture shock most kids are into in there first days of college, must less the slap in the face they come upon when, and if they ever, enter the working world.

in short, recent grads are ###### wimps.

in that sense, i think the teacher is certainly onto something in terms of 'preparing them for real life' ... as to letting them use the F word ... that might have been a poor vehicle upon which to affect the lesson.

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