Saturday, January 3, 2009

School bans the word school!

Now this story has to rank pretty high on the "Whats next!" scale ...

School bans the word school!

THE head of a new school has banned the word “school” — in case it upsets pupils’ parents.

Watercliffe Meadow is known as a “Place for Learning” because staff say “school” has a negative impact on some mums and dads. The new £4.7million academy in Sheffield, South Yorks, replaced three old schools. Its 481 pupils, from nursery to Year 6, are allowed to wear slippers instead of shoes.

Headteacher Linda Kingdon said: “We decided we didn’t want to use the word ‘school’.
“One reason was many parents of children here had very negative connotations of school.

“Instead we want this to be a place for family learning.

“There are no bells or locked doors. We wanted to de-institutionalise the place and bring the school closer to real life.”

Lets see ... Prisons are no longer prisons but holding facilities for wayward people .... You know the slipper idea seems kinda cool though!

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