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To think that playing netball with the girls should not be a punishment?

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trice Thu 04-Oct-12 17:45:08

Ds is 10, he fell over in the playground and skinned his knees and elbows. When it was time for rugby he told teacher he didn't want to play as he didnt want mud in his grazes. The teacher told him that as he was being such a girl he should go and play netball with the girls.

It backfired slightly as ds likes girls and really liked playing netball which he hasnt tried before. But the teacher using 'girl' as an insult has really pissed me off.

glenthebattleostrich Thu 04-Oct-12 17:57:58

I think I'd be having words with the school TBH, that is a truely shit attitude from the teacher.

SuePurblybilt Thu 04-Oct-12 18:03:07

That's really crap. I agree - calm word with someone at the school.

Dildobaggins Thu 04-Oct-12 18:09:30

Why weren't the girls playing rugby?

KurriKurri Thu 04-Oct-12 18:17:43

I think any teacher who uses the word 'girl' as an insult, needs to be reported to the head. Appalling.

trice Thu 04-Oct-12 18:17:54

Stupid sexist segregation. The school claims old fashioned values. I didnt realise that this meant dickensean attitudes to girls.

PunkInDublic Thu 04-Oct-12 18:20:09


(Is there a netball team he can join if he likes it? We had a mixed sex team at my school in the 90's and it was very popular.)

CookingFunt Thu 04-Oct-12 18:22:31

I would be down to the school first thing in the morning. Being female is in no way inferior and by implying it is is very questionable when speaking to students.

bubalou Thu 04-Oct-12 18:22:50

Weird they do separate sports? We played rugby with the boys all together and the same for netball?
I agree - have a word with the school.

MrsTerryPratchett Thu 04-Oct-12 18:23:18

I found playing netball a punishment. Netball is shit. I can't understand why everyone can't play all the games and see what suits them. I much prefer football.

Anyone who uses 'girls' as an insult or punishment needs to be hauled over the coals. Definitely complain.

OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Thu 04-Oct-12 18:24:44

It doesn't sound like it was meant to be a punishment. Your ds was still capable of doing PE, so the teacher ensured that he still had his lesson without getting mud on himself. It sounds like win win to me.

MrsTerryPratchett Thu 04-Oct-12 18:27:49

"The teacher told him that as he was being such a girl he should go and play netball with the girls." Sounds like it was meant as a punishment to me.

OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Thu 04-Oct-12 18:28:35

Really? I read it differently.

BertieBotts Thu 04-Oct-12 18:29:47

shock That's outrageous, I would definitely complain. About the language and attitude to girls, though, not the fact your DS was punished - make this really clear!

ringodingo Thu 04-Oct-12 18:30:45

Trice, very strange uncalled for attitude from the teacher who should know better. My ds came home the other day with the hump as his punishment at school for not wearing his swimming hat was that he was sent by the teacher to get changed in the girls changing rooms. of course he was horrified, seems to me that their are some teachers that are needing their own lessons in children skills. Good on your ds for playing netball.

CookingFunt Thu 04-Oct-12 18:30:58

It will never be win win for the girls though.

poorbuthappy Thu 04-Oct-12 18:31:00

I wouldn't have an issue with him playing netball but the comment about being such a girl would piss me off enough to visit him tbh.

MrsTerryPratchett Thu 04-Oct-12 18:31:17

How did you read, "being such a girl"? I can't see how else it was meant.

CookingFunt Thu 04-Oct-12 18:35:18

Outraged being called a girl by way of insult is the issue.

redexpat Thu 04-Oct-12 18:36:26

Unacceptable. Definitely complain.

zippey Thu 04-Oct-12 18:49:27

Its sad that girls and boys are segregated like that and teachers can have such sexist attitudes. Id complain to the head and he will probably get a talking to. The teacher will probably think its political correctness gone mad though, and I guess he might pick on your boy.

trice Thu 04-Oct-12 19:31:57

It has been a bit of a wake up call tbh, the school separate the sexes wherever they can. Dd is a confirmed tom boy yet is cast as an angel in the nativity year after year. We have to give her a sword to get her to play along. Ds is rather the other way around which seems to be completely unaccepable at this school.

I can see I am going to have to home school at this rate.

WilsonFrickett Thu 04-Oct-12 19:37:00

The school claims old fashioned values

No shit Sherlock.

I think you should complain but I also think you should think very carefully about these 'old fashioned' values and whether you want them to be instilled into your children.

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Thu 04-Oct-12 19:40:52

YANBU at all. I would say something if I were you.

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