Pre-School Bans The Term “Best Friend”

A preschool in Georgetown, Massachusetts has sparked outrage with one parent after banning the term “best friend.” Christine Hartwell says her four-year-old daughter Julia came home from the preschool upset one day after her teacher had told her not to call another student at the school her best friend. 

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Pentucket Workshop Preschool says they’ve banned the term to promote inclusion in the classroom. They say through research they’ve found the term “best friend” can lead to the formation of “cliques” and “outsiders.” Hartwell believes the term allows kids to feel more secure at school. She plans on pulling Julia from the school to find a new one that allows her to “express her thoughts and feelings in a healthy way.”

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