One of the things you hear most often in schools is some sort of
creative, somewhat politically correct name for the "bad" kids --
defiant, troublesome, taxing kids who are ditching class (or being put
out of class) all too often.
which used to mean "dummy" but has since taken on a more
pleasant-seeming connotation. Some even (still) call them "bad apples"
-- suggesting not just poor behavior but innate troublesomness.
habit, it seems to me, is to find a term that's inoffensive but still
descriptive -- maybe intentionally anachronistic, or ironic. But it
occurs to me (having fallen into using the term knucklehead) that maybe
these cuter terms aren't any better than some of the harsher ones that
most adults refrain from using.
What do you hear kids being called in
the schools you know best, and what do you think about it?
Filed under: School Life / Pop Culture