Are our children not coddled enough? They already have complete control over thier lives and the ability to compel their parents to buy them all manner of expensive, unnecessary items. Cell phones and sneakers come to mind.
And then I see this:
LONDON (Reuters) - The word "fail" should be banned from use in British classrooms and replaced with the phrase "deferred success" to avoid demoralizing pupils, a group of teachers has proposed.
Members of the Professional Association of Teachers (PAT) argue that telling pupils they have failed can put them off learning for life.
A spokesman for the group said it wanted to avoid labeling children. "We recognize that children do not necessarily achieve success first time," he said.
"But I recognize that we can't just strike a word from the dictionary," he said.
The PAT said it would debate the proposal at a conference next week.
Words fail me. Or rather, my words have deferred success.