Children need friends, not social engineering

Discouraging ‘best friends’ at school ignores the strong bonds formed there that prepare pupils for relationships later in life, writes Kate Townshend

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I felt for Prince George last month. Not only did he have to cope with reporters poised to capture his every lip tremble as he began his school days, but also, according to widespread reports, would be discouraged from having a best friend at school.

How you feel about this is a little bit dependent on the journalistic spin, really – and your own associations of what a “best friend” means.

If you’re picturing a small group of children closing ranks around the sand pit and refusing to share their crayons then you might think it’s a rather good idea. Certainly, it’s hard to object to ...

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