Interesting article from a blog about San Francisco public schools and "cussing." I remember my older son being very startled at the amount of swearing in middle school.
This made sense because using “adult language” is a guaranteed way for tweens to signify they aren’t “little” any more. For middle schoolers, cussing becomes a way to individuate from adults, to push boundaries and test limits.
Even when cussing hasn’t been directed at them, these experiences have contributed to my girls feeling unsafe on the yard and in the hallways. While teachers are going a long way to create positive climate in their classes, it seems most of the negative language my girls are experiencing is happening outside of the classroom.The article does a good job to talk about swear words versus derogatory language AND whether school staff addresses it when it is clear the staff member heard the language.
Videos for the kids:
- wolves restoring Yellowstone
- bobcat catches a salmon in Hoh river
A beautiful video about kids given a choice of who gets a present - them or their parents.
What's on your mind?