Teaching deceptiveness or real world skills? It may be both.
Witty pupils at a Cambridge school are being let off for minor offences if they can conjure up quick and clever excuses for what they have done.
Mr Elliott, whose independent school caters for pupils aged three to 18, said he wanted to help create a “quick-thinking, communication-savy generation” and stated many pupils had risen to the challenge.
“Getting children to talk their way out of minor misdemeanours is a wonderful way of encouraging such creativity and fostering good communication skills.”
Sam Leith, an author and expert on rhetoric, said rather than teaching children how to lie, Mr Elliott was training pupils to “bend the truth”.
“I think it is a brilliant idea that you get the pupils to learn to be pragmatically witty and quick on their feet,” he said.
True. But a few issues arise with this. For one, people are often naturally gifted with wit or not. It can be honed by practice and learning methods but some will just be better at it than others. Second, can this be taken to far? Will you ALWAYS attempt to weasel out of a situation instead of ever learning to full-on face up to a mistake? That’s an important lesson to learn too.