In the feel-good mind of the modern and awfully confused, liberal, life would be grand if everyone was your best friend. Nevermind that not everyone is going to be compatible with the role. Also, spend no time thinking about how some people are dishonest, untrustworthy, or just not a very good friend…for everyone should be your best friend.
This can be achieved by mandate, if necessary, of course.
If this sounds a bit irresponsible at best and downright creepy at worst, welcome to the liberal mind. As CBS New York reports, “there’s a growing movement to ban best friends.” Children may be forced to “broaden their friendship circles,” even if they don’t wish to do so.
First of all, how does this teach the values of free association or how does it teach children to choose their friends wisely?
Secondly, this will make already awkward children open to all sorts of bullying and torment as they are forced around those very types of people in many cases.
To add a third problem, doesn’t this take away a parent’s right to filter some friends out because they are trouble?
The rumors are that this bedlam started in Prince George’s South London school. This is actually a move to break up best friends and it is sure to be as damaging as most leftist ideas (remember Common Core math, anyone?).
“There has been a movement in some American schools and European schools to ban the phrase ‘best friend,'” admitted clinical psychologist Dr. Barbara Greenberg. “The idea of banning the phrase ‘best friends’ is a very intriguing social experiment.”
Perhaps adding fluoride to the water really did dumb us down. That was another “social experiment” that seems to have failed us, for only someone in a fog could find this to be an uplifting idea! Then again, modern psychology believes in the myths and fantasies laid out in the DSM, so can we be too surprised that this is what is produced from such faux science?
“I see kids come in all week long who are feeling dreadful because they are excluded and because they are either nobody’s best friend or their best friend has moved on,” she added. While this can be a time that ruins the mind of those outcast, how can forcing the people who’ve outcasted them to accept them (which they won’t) help their self-esteem any?
“Let’s face it, you can’t ban somebody from having a close relationship, and you can’t really ban somebody from having a best friend but what the schools are trying to do is foster the idea of kids having more than a single friend,” Greenberg also stated.
Again, the folly is clear because for some people, having many friends is wonderful. For others, having only a few choice friends is what makes them happy and there is nothing wrong with that, either.
Jay Jacobs, operator of the Timber Lake Camp declared, “That’s what we encourage at camp. I think that there are pitfalls in just having one friend. Remember as you grow up, interests change, children go in different directions.”
He also opined, “You can’t be on the soccer field and just be dealing with one child, they’re going to be interacting with a team. It’s now about promoting kindness, looking to children to be kind to one another and to be aware of what it looks like when you’re not.”
While teaching empathy matters, the first part of his statement is also rather dull-minded. Not everyone kid is a soccer team player. Some are long-distance runners who jog alone or skateboarders who enjoy the solitude (to use the sports analogy) and they are quite content to do so. They would like to do it without the government choosing their friends for them, too.
We were warned about the Department of Education and what it would produce. In 2008 and 2012, retired libertarian hero Ron Paul warned us again and promised to dismantle the dreadful entity.
When he was rejected by his own party, Paul may have retired, but his words ring true still. This we can hear every time that someone like Greenberg speaks.