A head teacher has written to parents asking them not to swear in front of their children because they are bringing bad language into the classroom. Davina Wakelin, headmistress of Meeching Valley Primary School in Newhaven, East Sussex, said the pupils themselves could not be blamed for turning the air blue as they were only copying adults. She wrote: "I have received complaints regarding parents swearing when bringing children to and from school. Thank you for your consideration with this matter.
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Copyright held by the writer — reproduced here with express permission. It had quieted down and everyone was settled in to what they were doing in homeroom that morning. My ears perked up immediately when I heard my name. Mrs Warnick hushed the room, thanked and told the girl I would be right down, and then the girl disappeared.
In this clip whose soundtrack is badly distorted , secondary-school pupils are being punished for, it is said, low test scores. Each of three girls comes forward to be disciplined at the blackboard by the male teacher, who keeps consulting his results sheet. The cane is applied to the seat of the skirt. The first student makes a tremendous fuss, jumping about, yelling and clutching her behind after each stroke, of which she gets about six in all.
If your child has started using a few choice words, there are several discipline techniques you can use to curb their use of inappropriate language. Your family values will play a big role in deciding how to respond to swear words. For some families, swearing is not a big deal and parents accept that kids are likely to use curse words. For families who are particularly offended by swearing, it's important to address the problem right away.