Schools which ban slang words are stigmatising pupils, academic claims

According to The Telegraph, over the past decade there has been a growing trend for headteachers to enforce strict language policies, according to Dr Ian Cushing, an expert in linguistics at Brunel University.

In a new paper, published in the journal Language in Society, he analyses Government policies and individual school rules about the use of language.

“There’s nothing incorrect or wrong about non-standard language, but a lot of school policies – as well as government policy, grammar tests and guidance for teachers – seem to reproduce the problematic idea that there are ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ ways of using language.”

Children are very good at switching between very informal speech and informal speech depending on the context, Dr Cushing explained.

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  1. Quote from the article: “He argues that students could be adversely affected if they are not allowed to use slang words,……“There’s likely to be long-term damage,” said Dr Cushing.”

    When you see words like “He argues that students could be ” you can be pretty sure there is no evidence to support this claim and that it is his opinion.
    The teaching profession needs to be aware of how damaging such claims, dressed up as facts, can be as they divert teachers from the secure evidence which exists.

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