January 03, 2009

Another sign the West has too much time on its hands

Via The Guardian (UK) (with a h/t to The Corner):

A new 4.7m primary school in Sheffield is facing criticism for dropping the word "school" from its title after governors decided the term had "negative connotations."

The headteacher of Sheffield's Watercliffe Meadow, Linda Kingdon, said the south Yorkshire school, which is due to open on Monday, will instead be called a "place for learning."

"We decided from an early stage we didn't want to use the word 'school'," she told local newspaper the Sheffield Star.

"This is Watercliffe Meadow, a place for learning. One reason was many of the parents of the children here had very negative connotations of school."

Ye gads. What's next?

Along these same [ridiculous] lines, I often joked with my students at how certain subjects over the years have had their monikers changed to a more ... "PC" orientation. For instance, "Shop" is now "Technology Education" (frequently called "Tech Ed") and "Home Economics" is now -- wait for it -- "Family and Consumer Science" (usually dubbed "FCS"). So, in keeping with this meme, a number of years back I "renamed" my class from "Spanish" to the edu-babblish "Acquisition of Indo-Iberian European Language."

About five years ago, one student of mine thought it was such a [hilariously] cool idea that she made a huge banner for the classroom with that title. It's hung in my room prominently every year since.

Posted by Hube at January 3, 2009 04:38 PM | TrackBack

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How is "FCS" pronounced? I know what we would have turned it into when I was in school.

I saw this article earlier and almost passed it on to you, but was sure you'd see it.

Posted by: Paul Smith Hr at January 3, 2009 04:58 PM

They just use the letters.

Posted by: Hube at January 3, 2009 05:09 PM

Every time I read something like this I figure I'm being punked. Unfortunately, I'm not. I am almost ceasing to be amazed at some of this drivel.

Posted by: Shirley at January 4, 2009 08:14 AM

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