Kids Can No Longer Use The Term "Best Friend" At This Preschool

When you have kids,  it seems like every day they have a new "best friend" they made at school. However, a preschool in Massachusetts recently banned kids from using the term "best friend," and parents are outraged. 

Christine Hartwell told Boston 25 News that her four-year-old daughter Julia came home upset after her teacher at Pentucket Workshop Preschool in Georgetown, Massachusetts told her she couldn’t refer to any of her classmates as her “best friends.” 

When she complained, the school said they are standing by the decision discouraging children from using the term at school and in group settings. The school feels banning “best friends” can promote inclusion.

A portion of the letter reads: "It has been our experience (which spans decades) that the use of the term 'best friend,' even when used in a loving way, can lead other children to feel excluded [...] which can ultimately lead to the formation of 'cliques' and 'outsiders.'”

This isn't the first time a school has attempted to ban the use of the word - or supported the idea that it should be. In 2013, the headmaster of a prep school, Ben Thomas, said: “I would certainly endorse a policy which says we should have lots of good friends, not a best friend" and "These obsessive friendships can be very hurtful for those who are left out of them, and ostracising is as painful as physical bullying."

Since the announcement, the mom has decided to find a new preschool for her daughter, where four-year-old Julia will be able to use the term “best friend” freely - and many people agree with her decision.

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