Teachers in Britain have taken to using their positions of moral and ethical authority to tell their students to refrain from having best friends. Now when a child in Britain says "I'm not your best friend", it cannot be considered an insult but a mark of adherence to the values and dictates of the State.
"I have noticed that teachers tell children they shouldn't have a best friend and that everyone should play together.
"They are doing it because they want to save the child the pain of splitting up from their best friend. But it is natural for some children to want a best friend. If they break up, they have to feel the pain because they're learning to deal with it."
Russell Hobby, of the National Association of Head Teachers, confirmed some schools were adopting best-friend bans."
Note that a representative of the teachers group is aware of this movement. I do not know if Mr. Hobby would object to use of the word "ban" to describe this scheme, but there seems to be little doubt that faculty will not be restrained from enforcing the measure.
Aside from the fact that we see another example of the state deciding that they have to protect everyone from everything*, I see a more insidious intent behind this. Leftists need to remove from people any amount of individual thought and seek to bring their consciousness into step with that of the group. In Leftist thought, what the body of people (Really the ones that get together and make the decision for all) thinks, or is told to think, is not to be resisted. A child that has a buddy with whom he or she can confide and find common interests is hard to break spiritually, emotionally and intellectually.
Looking at this from another angle, children or now being forced to become liars. How many children will fall in line with this decree? Those who do not will have no choice but to hide the fact that they actually do have a best friend. What are the procedures that faculty are to follow if they receive a report, or catch wind , of a couple of scofflaw students that are defying school policy? I can picture the child shifting uneasily in a chair as he or she awaits being called into the Principle's Office to answer questions. Imagine the line of questioning - "Karen, I know that you say that you and Susan are not best friends, but Susan says that you two are. Is she telling us the truth?"
I also have to wonder if the teachers plan on enhancing the authority of student hall monitors and turning them into Thought Police, charged with ratting out other students for violating the best friends ban in addition to the more routine tasks of ensuring that no one runs in the hallway.
This comes across as a typical move of a dysfunctional State. While Britain hides its head in the sand to avoid having to address its horrific crime**, increasing Islamization of the nation, and a real loss of a sense of national identity, the nation dreams up another way to control the children instead.
*The school system could be a bit more concerned at what may happen to the seven year-old kid eight years from now than it is for the ultimately minor setback of being dumped as a best friend in second grade.