Parents are speaking out all over the country after one pre-school banned the students from using the term "best friend". 4-Year old, Julia, like most other girls her age loves to play with toys, do arts and crafts, and has a best friend. Well, she referred to a girl as her best friend in class and was disciplined by the teacher and told she could not say that in school.
Her mother found the rule to be "ridiculous" and brought it to the attention of the news station.
"Children who are 4 years old speak from their heart, so they should be able to call kids anything loving - you're my best friend, you're my best pal."
The school stands behind the decision and shares that they feel the term "best friend" will lead other children to feel excluded thus forming cliques. Although this does make sense, it doesn't mean the 4-year old will only ever have one friend or will ignore others. A preschooler will not even take the term for it's literal meeting and will more than likely have many best friends, not just one.
What do you think about this rule in the preschool? Do you find it excessive and ridiculous or think it should be implemented in more schools?
As far as school goes for Julia, she will not be going back to that particular school for the rest of the year. Her mother is focusing on teaching her that it is okay to refer to someone as your best friend and doesn't want her to have an unsure look on her face if she uses the term.
Source: ABC 7