F’n Education

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There have been many posting here on Colleges of Education, and the Education profession in general. I think this may take the cake as one of the most asinine and psychologically bankrupt1 educational policies I have ever come across.

A sneak preview

one school in the town of Wellingborough is allowing pupils to swear at teachers, providing they only do so no more than five times in a class. A tally of how many times the f-word is used will be kept and if the class exceeds the limit, they will be “spoken” to…

Eventus stultorum magister

1. I would think anyone with a class in rudimentary learning theory would give a thumbs down to this. Ironically, I don’t think that is a requirement in all COEs.


  1. This is what happens when you scrape the bottom of the barrel to fill jobs. And imagine calling these innovators “professionals.” 
    The problem is that that always see a need to innovate and often innovation for the sake of innovation is going to deviate you from an optimum course. But we do know that doing the same old same old, day in and day out is stultifying when you’ve got that new fangled theory that you wrote your Master’s thesis on sitting deep in your desk gathering dust. Without any validation of your pet theory, you just know, deep down, that it will make things better. 

  2. Master’s thesis? Since when did a MEd require a master’s thesis? Hell, I think you can even get a EdD without a dissertation in some places.

  3. In that town there is also: “Wellingborough School, founded in 1595, is an independent day school for boys and girls aged 3-18″. Perhaps enrollment there will increase as more parents flee state schools?

  4. Perhaps a locus for these nasty words is inborn in the human brain. Thus you get folks with Tourette’s spewing them incessantly, uncontrollably, on occasion, without any other special manifestations of antisocial behavior. And I doubt there’s a culture where you don’t find these special, reserved words…they’ve certainly got them over here in Thailand, the land of smiles. 
    So I kinda figure it makes sense to leave the nasty words in the nasty locus, and use them when the time is especially right.

  5. Actually, I think kids with Tourette’s will bark and grunt before they learn to curse.