The word "fail" should be banned from British classrooms

LONDON (Reuters) - The word "fail" should be banned from use in British classrooms and replaced with the phrase "deferred success" to avoid demoralizing pupils, a group of teachers has proposed.

Members of the Professional Association of Teachers (PAT) argue that telling pupils they have failed can put them off learning for life.

Source: Yahoo! News

I nabbed this one from Stehpany's blog too, I am sure she won't mind.

So this has been my problem all along, I knew it! I have been told that I have been failing, when in fact I have actually been deferring success for all these years. Yea. Bull pucky.

This is as ridiculous as the studies that talk about how harming it is to kids to use red ink to mark their papers. So now teachers and professors alike use green or purple, the two colors that are "the best" supposedly. Thanks but no thanks. Red ink means something to me. And it doesn't damage me mentally.

Look, tell me when I fail, that way I know I failed. That means something to me too. It doesn't "put [me] off learning for life." I am still in college aren't I? I guess I came out OK. I think this "deferred success" mumbo jumbo is just another attempt to be politically correct. That PC crap goes on a lot here in US school systems. And I think it is more about making parents feel better then the students. In the meantime the school is sending mixed signals to the student; they are doing more damage by confusing the student.

If you do not tell a child that they have failed, how is that child going to know that they have to do better?

Lets make things crystal clear our children. Tell them they have failed, and that they need to do better.

Why confuse the issue?

Comments (2)

I guess I came out OK.

Some of us here would debate that. =;)

I was going to metion the red ink thing myself until you beat me to it. Isn't it funny how kids for, what, a hundred years or so, managed just fine?

What do you want to bet that 10 years from now there will be a study showing that purple and green ink are mentally harmful to children?

Oh and of course I don't mind if you nab articles from my blog. (Actually I think it is really cool!)

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