British school bans Valentine's cards

Primary students aren’t prepared for the “emotional trauma” of Valentine’s Day cards, a British headmaster has decided. Children may not exchange cards at Ashcombe Primary School in Weston-super-Mare, reports BBC News.

Peter Turner told parents of the 430 pupils that cards would be confiscated.

. . . Mr Turner said in the newsletter that children get upset when they are “dumped” which interrupts their learning.

He said children should wait until they are mature enough emotionally and socially to understand the commitment in having a boyfriend or girlfriend.

Parents say the ban is “ridiculous.”

Via Jonathan Turley.

Famous Zeke, a teaching intern, shares a hand-made Valentine’s Day card from a student.

In my day, we were required to give a card to every classmate. Girls got “friend” cards for other girls and joke cards for boys. It was about candy, not love. I don’t think that’s changed.

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  1. I agree with the parents. Should we shelter the children from life-learning experiences because they may be considered harmful or traumatic? Let’s stop teaching those math-phobic or math-paranoid students mathematics because it is traumatic. This is shear insanity.

  2. Michael E. Lopez, Esq. says:

    Protecting your children from haircuts is shear insanity. 🙂

    Howsabout this? We start just *assigning* students girlfriends and boyfriends through a government lottery. They can engage in a nationally approved course of romantic engagements, progressing on a schedule that includes all the healthy sexual experimentation deemed age-appropriate, and all under the supervision of government appointed safety experts. If someone wants to break up their arrangement, they can submit a Form 1023-DoR (Dissolution of Relationship) and the couple will be broken up through the intervention of appropriately trained grief counselors. After the mandatory two-week period of adjustment, both parties will be assigned new boyfriends or girlfriends.

    We wouldn’t want anyone to get hurt, after all.


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