BFF Bans, Such as Those in Some UK Schools, a Good Idea or Not?
Some schools in England are banning students from singling out one special friend at school to save them the pain of splitting up, should that happen.
First reported in The Sun about a year ago, some schools in England began discouraging children from spending time with one special pal at school. The students instead were encouraged to only play in large groups. The reason given was to save the child the pain of splitting up, should that happen.
This practice reportedly didn't fade away. In fact, The Sun reported that best friend bans are now being more widely applied in British schools, according to the National Association of Head Teachers in the UK.
Although this idea hasn’t yet migrated across the pond, there are some practices being adopted in American society reportedly to help mitigate the disappointment that some of our children might feel. Columnist Michael Sigman reported in The Huffington Post last year on how the process of giving everyone a trophy so as not to offend anyone is possibly hurting children more than helping them.
So are such things as best friend bans and trophies for all actually preventing children from experiencing life rather than protecting them from life's unpleasant experiences? What do you think?