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UK Schools Ban Kids From Having Best Friends

Talk about a nanny state! Some schools in Great Britain have decided that kids shouldn’t have best friends.

According to The Sun, primary schools in Kingston, South West London, and Surrey have instructed students not to have just one “bestie.” The students are instead being encouraged to play in groups.

Apparently the decision was made to avoid the emotional fallout of best friends breaking up.

According to educational psychologist Gaynor Sbuttoni, “I have noticed that teachers tell children they shouldn’t have a best friend and that everyone should play together. They are doing it because they want to save the child the pain of splitting up from their best friend. But it is natural for some children to want a best friend.”

The ban has angered several educational organizations. The Campaign for Real Education stated that the “ridiculous” policy was robbing children of their childhood.

Russell Hobby, of the UK’s National Association of Head Teachers, confirmed that some schools were adopting best-friend bans. He seems to think the policy is rather bizarre. “I don’t see how you can stop people from forming close friendships,” he said. “We make and lose friends throughout our lives.”

We are curious how the schools would even go about enforcing this rule. What do you think about banning BFFs?

Source: The Sun

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03.28.2013 / 01:35 AM EDT by Teddie McCormick
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