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GEORGETOWN, Mass. - A local preschool is causing controversy by banning students from using the term 'best friend.'
Christine Hartwell said she is outraged after a teacher at Pentucket Workshop Preschool told her four-year-old daughter she couldn't call one of her classmates her "best friend."
The preschool defends their stance, saying banning the term promotes inclusion in the classroom, while Hartwell said it can end up having a negative affect on her daughter.
"How do you police a four-year-old from expressing their feelings?" said Hartwell. "It's outrageous, it's silly [and] it hurts."
Hartwell said she first learned of the ban after her daughter Julia came home from school one day acting differently. Julia told her mother she was upset because her teacher told her she couldn't call one of her classmates her "best friend."
"When I asked her what was wrong she said she was really sad about what her teacher did that day," said Hartwell.
Hartwell said her daughter is now hesitant to call anyone her best friend anymore.
originally posted by: xuenchen
A mind is a terrible thing to waste.
School system-wide failure.
originally posted by: AccessDenied
If children don't learn how to deal with feelings of being excluded, how are they going to deal with it as adults? The real " adult " world is not an inclusive place,and if you have a fragile ego...you are in for a shock. Can't even navigate social media without a thick skin these days.