...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?Read the rest. It's frightening.
Most children naturally seek close friends. In a survey of nearly 3,000 Americans ages 8 to 24 conducted last year by Harris Interactive, 94 percent said they had at least one close friend. But the classic best-friend bond — the two special pals who share secrets and exploits, who gravitate to each other on the playground and who head out the door together every day after school — signals potential trouble for school officials intent on discouraging anything that hints of exclusivity, in part because of concerns about cliques and bullying.
And I wouldn't put money on it not rearing its head over here, either.
Update: And from the same source, this:
The Department of Education wants to ban both cyber bullying and sexting in New York City’s public schools at all times, even outside of school hours.Logic FAIL!
“We’ve always been respectful of first amendment rights. I think we’ll get the right balance here,” said Schools Chancellor Joel Klein.