Via BBC News

Slang such as “ain’t”, “innit” and “coz” has been banned from a school in south London to try to help students find future employment.

Harris Academy Upper Norwood said it implemented the initiative to allow its students to “express themselves confidently and appropriately”.

Pupils heard using “informal language” will be asked to “reflect” on it.

Other banned words include “like”, “bare” and “extra” and the phrases “you woz” and “we woz”.

Starting sentences with “basically” and ending them with “yeah” is also considered to be too informal at the Croydon school. Continue Reading….

I have heard of foolish young adults who have contacted entertainment companies via email enquiring about job opportunities, written in slang. And then you have the fools who think its appropriate to send out press releases written entirely in slang.

*shaking head*

But I would like to think that the majority of today’s youth have enough sense in their domes to already know that they cannot walk in to a job interview and speak in slang, or speak that way in a professional environment.

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  1. Harris is not to far from me and where I used to go to school which was Westwood in Upper Norwood.

    Good! I fully welcome this change for obvious reasons. When I was at school we had our slang but we also knew how to switch it up when it came to things like interviews and addressing out elders. But then again I went to a school where we had to stand when the head mistress walked in and had to walk up and down the stairs on the correct side and wear our ties and skirts at a decent length. When I see the school children I certainly realise times have changed. Now I’m hearing about work and exams being written in slang by some students. It needs to stop!

    I wish they would do something about words beginning with T being pronounced as if they start with a D. When I hear kids speak and say dere, da, dis, instead of there, there, this I want to slap them. It’s pure laziness and they should be pulled up on their slang and diction especially at home first and foremost, but sadly we are living in a society now where a lot of parents believe it is solely the teacher’s job to teach their children.

  2. @LondonDiva

    It was the same where I went to school. We also had our slang outside the classroom but when we spoke to the teachers etc we knew when to switch . Sadly though their are a kids walking around these days who don’t seem to have a clue.

  3. most youth that speak in slang only do so in appropriate scenarios. Every country has its own slanguage and local dialect and ways of saying things. If they feel kids use slang beyond the sphere of common sense than instead of social engineering why not educate kids on what is business language etc.

  4. Of course slang will always be there in all youth cultures of every generation( watch k koke video below), but no child should pass their exams based on slang language or be taken seriously when they apply for a job using slang. When I was in school, speaking your own language on school grounds got you punishments.

  5. Ban it or not i hope they impress upon the students how to act or speak in certain situations in life, then the parents and relatives need to also teach them the same.

    It’s all good blaming the young generation but you got to ask yet again what was the generations above doing? we have failed them. We all talk about how we knew when to switch it but did we tell/teach the younger ones this? or did we assume they just come in to the world and know what to do?

  6. I think most of us assumed they would have the common sense to know how to conduct themselves in a professional environment. But then there are some who don’t and clearly needed to be taught this lesson in the home.

  7. Yes common sense comes into it but we still need to pass on knowledge correctly from a young age to ensure that common sense is used.

    Its like the example you used above about young adults writing to employers in slang, the first thing i think is what school system did these people come through from the age of 11 to 16, how did adults let these people get into a situation where they thought it would pass. Most our generation knew better because we were told to death about how to act in situations or if you were like me it was beaten into us. Our generation and older have allowed and accepted the younger ones to act the way they do.

  8. I know someone who worked for another Harris school and said the TEACHERS and TEACHING ASSISTANTS at the school spoke to the kids in slang and could barely string a sentence together themselves. They were “worthless”. These teachers had been at the school for years and behaved as if they were at home. Those teachers have now either been replaced or made the decision to leave. There seems to be more going on here.

  9. Really?! I thought they were supposed to be academies where the staff “push traditional values”? If the signs were directed at the staff, that seems even worse – involving students in underhand politics? I’d like to know more about that…

  10. These kids have common sense, they’re just lazy and the generation before have let them get away with it, come on now putting slang in a job application form that’s because you don’t want the job, these kids know exactly when to switch, they just can’t be bothered and like all kids push boundaries.

  11. Kids wouldn’t think it’s ok to talk like during a job interview, with elders etc…. if parents themselves didn’t use those words. I have met many parents who want to show how cool they are and speak that way with their kids.

  12. “Energy & ability to think straight” you could not make it up, I guess this comes with letting “young people” set the agenda. It is only common sense to teach them correct grammar punctuation etc. and as other comments have echoed when they were at school slang words were used but it was known when to stop, the same when I was at school. One American import I cannot stand is the continuous use of the work “like” out of context….aghhh!

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