For most it is a harmless rite of passage – and one remembered with affection. But the tradition of exchanging cards on Valentine’s Day has been denied to children in one primary school.Is ‘denied’ the right word? Shouldn’t they really be doing other things in school anyway?
Pupils have been banned from celebrating or sending cards – to protect them from the emotional trauma of being dumped. The pupils have been warned that if any cards are found or exchanged in school, they will be confiscated.They plan to have Valentine's Day card search parties?
Headmaster Peter Turner this week wrote to parents of the 430 pupils, who are aged between five and 11, to inform them of the policy.Now, shouldn't the parents be applauding this desire to concentrate on school matters?
‘Some children and parents encourage a lot of talk about boyfriends and girlfriends,’ he said. ‘This often leads to children being upset when they are “dumped” and other fuss which interrupts their learning.
'The school believes that such ideas should wait until children are mature enough emotionally and socially to understand the commitment involved in having or being a boyfriend or girlfriend.
‘For this reason, we do not wish to see any Valentine’s Day cards in school this year. Any cards found in school will be confiscated.’
Oh, no. Not all of them:
Parents condemned the ban.The school aren't 'banning Valentine's Day' They are simply saying 'Not here, please. This is a place of learning'. Well, at least, that's what we must hope it is, though the signs aren't good....
The father of one eight-year-old boy said: ‘Learning about relationships and forming bonds with others is an important part of school life.
‘Children of all ages develop crushes, and Valentine’s Day is a harmless way for them to indulge those crushes in a fun manner. It helps them to learn about love in a simple way that even very young children can understand.
‘I think it’s ridiculously heavyhanded to ban Valentine’s Day and deny them the opportunity.’
Still, at least politicians haven't got involved and turned this into a...
Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe also criticised the move.They ARE worrying about their academic standards, you daft mare! They are trying to point out that school is a place for learning, not a place for celebrating every barmy 'holiday' dreamt up by Hallmark, Cadbury and Bollinger...
‘This is a stupid thing to ban. Primary schoolchildren don’t think in adult terms and send cards as a bit of fun and mild affection,’ she said. ‘Valentine’s day is just a bit of fun to them and teachers should be worrying more about academic standards than emotionally wrapping up their pupils in cotton wool.’