Well, sh*t. A middle school in Fresno is under fire because it created a list of 21 curse words that they have deemed unacceptable for use within the school. That would be fine, and not unusual in any way. What IS unusual is the fact that they made a literal list – and then posted it for all students.
The teachers simply wrote the words out on chalkboards, with no discussion, and announced that there would be zero tolerance for anyone using these words on school grounds. When it was slipped to parents, many were outraged that these words were presented to their children at all, and that parents weren’t consulted first, especially since not all of the terms were familiar to the kids, thereby giving them a lesson in new terminology.
One mom said her seventh grade son had no idea what some of the words and phrases meant. “He came home and said, ‘Mommy, what’s a blow j*b?”
The principal regrets not informing parents of their intentions first, which would have given them the opportunity to protest or have their children opt out that day.
I do understand some of the outrage. I don’t think my kids need to learn the f-word from their teacher, you know? But really, whether these words are “banned” or not, you know they’ll still be used on the school yards. When you hear a bad word from another kid, you might not say anything to your parents and be confused by its meaning or why it’s wrong to say. At the very least, having it come from the teachers probably made a lot of kids feel like it was okay to ask their parents about it, so their mom and dad can explain more about the reasons it’s unacceptable.
Still, I definitely would be a little shocked if my daughter came home to report she’d had a cussing lesson in class! What do you think?