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School Nanny Staters Say ‘No Best Friend For You’

Posted on June 24 2010 6:00 pm
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The Anchoress, over at First Things, is one of my favorite bloggers. She has a way of cutting right to the chase, yet in a thoughtful and intelligent manner. Her recent post, in response to an article in The New York Times, is a perfect example of why she is one of my must reads.

The article details the views of “experts” who now say that children should be discouraged from having best friends. That’s right. Best Friends Forever, otherwise known as BFFs, are now bad. I wonder if these so-called experts have any friends of their own, or if they’ve chased them all away with their pious “enlightened” mentality. That, or their super annoying sanctimony.

I think this recent trend of completely arse backwards “studies” may actually be retribution by scientists and alleged experts, for being shoved in lockers, receiving atomic wedgies and all that pointing and laughing.  I used to just giggle as I imagined them holed up in their little laboratories, shiny slide rules glinting under the fluorescent lights, geekily high-fiving each other’s clipboards. However, all these studies and recommendations and such affect me now, because they are causing steam to come out of my ears with anger and that’s really not a good look for me.

From The New York Times article:

. . . increasingly, some educators and other professionals who work with children are asking a question that might surprise their parents: Should a child really have a best friend?

“I think it is kids’ preference to pair up and have that one best friend. As adults — teachers and counselors — we try to encourage them not to do that,” said Christine Laycob, director of counseling at Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School in St. Louis. “We try to talk to kids and work with them to get them to have big groups of friends and not be so possessive about friends.”

“Parents sometimes say Johnny needs that one special friend,” she continued. “We say he doesn’t need a best friend.”

Oh, really? And who are you to tell me what my child needs?

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