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July 22, 2005

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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.

A spokesman for the group said it wanted to avoid labeling children. "We recognize that children do not necessarily achieve success first time," he said.

"But I recognize that we can't just strike a word from the dictionary," he said.

The PAT said it would debate the proposal at a conference next week.

In 50 years, they will be banning the phrase "deferred success" to avoid demoralizing pupils.

Posted by Sissy at July 22, 2005 04:23 PM | TrackBack

I saw that. Fortunately, crazy people make news, not policy. Imagine congratulating Thursday's bombers on their "deferred success"!

I'm sure there is an Evil Glenn joke in that phrase...

Posted by: Sally at July 23, 2005 08:05 AM