Is it political correctness gone mad or urban myth as education policy?
A report on Bristol Indymedia catches the eye. The story itself is a fairly unremarkable tale about a couple of stupid coppers doing what comes naturally – something completely bloody stupid. In this case overreacting to a school fight outside the gates and spraying a couple of kids with CS spray. So far, so dumb cops.
However the bit of the story that caught our eye was this:
Teachers, apparently, are not allowed to wade in and break [a fight] up
Is this really the case? Or is this one of those myths that moves effortlessly from the pages of the Daily Mail to the staff room without ever troubling reality?
Other urban myths that have mysteriously reappeared as serious policy in schools in recent years include the belief that teachers are unable to administer sticking plasters to children; that the nursery rhyme Baa Baa Black Sheep is somehow racist and that playing conkers in the playground represents a health and safety risk and is therefore banned.
Can we now add stopping kids’ fights to this list?