Tuesday, August 02, 2005

And You Thought The Banning of Red Pens was Bad...

...here in the United States. In England, there was a proposal before the Professional Association of Teachers to remove the word "failure" and replace it with "deferred success"...

"For most of my teaching career I have been upset by seeing some children give up on themselves," said the proposal's author, Liz Beattie, a 68-year-old retired schoolteacher from Suffolk, north of London. "If dropping the word 'fail' from our educational vocabulary could help, isn't it worth a try?" she asked.

"Elsewhere we applaud those who persevere, like marathon contestants who take days to complete," explained proposal co-author Wesley Baxton to the BBC. "It's time we made the word 'fail' redundant and replaced it with 'please do a bit more.'"(source)

And here I thought that it was only the American public school system that was creating non-competitive, delusional drones that will enter the working world thinking that "everybody is a winner"...

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