Schools ban children making best friends
By HARRY HAWKINS
March 20, 2012
TEACHERS are banning schoolkids from having best pals — so they don’t get upset by fall-outs.
Instead, the primary pupils are being encouraged to play in large groups.
Educational psychologist Gaynor Sbuttoni said the policy has been used at schools in Kingston, South West London, and Surrey.
She added: “I have noticed that teachers tell children they shouldn’t have a best friend and that everyone should play together.
“They are doing it because they want to save the child the pain of splitting up from their best friend. But it is natural for some children to want a best friend. If they break up, they have to feel the pain because they’re learning to deal with it.”
(Partisan Ranger Note: This sounds like pure madness, but I see a more sinister, and unfortunately insidious goal here. Having a single friend–a best friend if you will–is an individualistic thing. By discouraging that and encouraging children to operate in groups, they are encouraging collectivism and the loss of individualism.)