http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/15/london-school-bans-pupils-slang-innit London school bans pupils from using ‘innit’, ‘like’, and ‘bare’ A list of slang words and phrases have been banned as part of a new initiative at a school in south London. Given the chance, which slang words or phrases would you put a stop to? Carmen Fishwick
theguardian.com, Tuesday 15 October 2013 15.47 BST
Staff at Harris Academy Upper Norwood hope to improve awareness of formal language by banning a list of slang words and phrases Photograph: @artsemergency Students at Harris Academy Upper Norwood have been banned from using 10 informal phrases in school areas designated ‘formal language zones’, which includes all classrooms and corridors. The initiative introduced in September, by the school’s new principal Chris Everitt, hopes to raise awareness about the use of language and prepare students for formal situations such as job interviews. As part of the initiative students are also banned from beginning sentences with ‘basically’ and ending sentences with ‘yeah’. Speaking to the Croydon Guardian, a spokesperson said the school wants students “to develop the soft skills they will need to compete for jobs and university places … and the skills they need to express themselves confidently and appropriately for a variety of audiences.” The initiative is one of many introduced since the school achieved academy status in September 2013, after being put into special measures post-Ofsted inspection in January 2013. What do you think of the initiative? And what words would you ban if you were in charge? Let us know in the thread below
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/16/banning-slang-harris-academy-alienate-young-people?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487 Banning slang will only further alienate young people, innit The Harris Academy in London’s Upper Norwood should not mute pupils’ voices, but instead look for better ways of motivating them Will Coldwell
theguardian.com, Wednesday 16 October 2013 11.51 BST
Harris Academy in Upper Norwood has put posters up outlawing “innit”, “bare”, “like” and “extra” as well as the heinous practice of beginning sentences with “basically” or ending them with “yeah”. Photograph: @artsemergency Basically, this week a south London school decided to ban slang. Harris Academy in Upper Norwood has put posters up outlawing “innit”, “bare”, “like” and “extra” as well as the heinous practice of beginning sentences with “basically” or ending them with “yeah”. The school believes its initiative will help students to “develop the soft skills they will need to compete for jobs and university places“. Labour MP David Lammy agrees. He said he hoped they could add the words “s’up blood” to the list. “Speaking slang is fine in a social setting,” he told the Daily Mail. “But a school should be a professional, educational environment, and if part of that means banning slang then that’s fine by me.” But while most people, young and old, will probably understand that you shouldn’t refer to a potential employer as “blood”, there seems to be increasing and unwarranted criticism of the language of the young. It is important for people to understand that language must be adjusted according to their situation, but banning certain words seems more likely to isolate the very pupils the school is hoping to assist. The school may feel as though it is doing its pupils a service, preparing them to enter the interview room with received pronunciation, but do they face making some pupils feel less welcome in the process? Interested to hear a perspective from a teacher who promotes a different approach to the measures adopted by Harris Academy, I asked Darren Chetty, founder of the Power to the Pupils hip-hop education project, for his thoughts. “Banning [the words] makes a very strong value judgment to pupils and it has an effect on the pupils who use that language,” he says. “It situates the school as a middle-class...
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