Prostroy – A New Educational Folly


“Prostroy”  is a new word I have coined to describe the process of protecting something so well that you destroy its use or value.

This morning I read,  in another sign that the educational  apocalypse is upon us,  that several schools in  England are discouraging strong individual friendships as well  as  the use of the phrase “best friend”  in favor of group activities and friendships. This is being done purportedly in a few schools for primary students, to protect the children from themselves by positioning them to avoid any attendant emotional and social fall out when strong deep friendships end, thus avoiding any disturbance to the child and school’s learning environment due to the problem of ” friendship.”
Truly another example of avoiding a real  issue and denying reality in our schools, until it really matters and in the process withholding from children the chance to gain the experiences needed work through and get over painful emotional experiences.

This is an egregious extension of the “no failure until you’re an adult” school of thought that plagues our educational system and world.  Could this lead to a ban on pets and siblings as both will die sometimes or perhaps no contact orders for young children with grandparents after they reach 60 years old, as continued contact will most certainly lead to personal emotional disturbance and possible absence from school  in the future.  “Far fetched, ” you say but I can remember when chewing gum was a major offense.
If we continue to teach our children that failure and emotional distress do not exist then they will most certainly not understand how to handle it, when it just as certainly occurs in their future.

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About safrisri

I have been a teacher since 1971 and have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. My writings will reflect on my past mistakes and successes and what my students have taught me about education.
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