Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Playground insults banned

Here is news from London teachers:
Sexist insults are to be banned from the playground.

Teachers are warned today that words such as "slag" and "slut" lead to boys feeling superior to girls and make domestic violence seem more acceptable.

The NUT lists unacceptable insults including "lezzie", "pro" and "your mum's a whore". ...

Boys should be challenged if they are heard directing such terms at girls. It is considered equally unacceptable for girls to aim such insults at one another. Teachers' leaders said such language is common in secondary schools and even among older children at primaries.

While some schools already take a strict line on sexist name-calling, others are more lenient.
The acronym NUT stands for the National Union of Teachers.

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