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Should the teacher be saying this to 5/6 year olds?

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ThisIsMyUsername02123 Sun 19-Nov-17 21:18:55


Just a quick one, really. My 5 year old never used to say this to anyone considering it's never really said in the home - "use your common sense!"

I asked him, "who says that?," to which he responds "[Teacher's name]."

Do you think that a Year 1 primary school teacher should say things like that to 5/6 year olds, considering how rude and abrupt it is to say something like it? Personally, I find it quite ridiculous considering the fact that not even DS15's Year 10 secondary school teachers say things like that.


Anasnake Sun 19-Nov-17 21:20:02

It's not rude.

NapQueen Sun 19-Nov-17 21:20:27

I think you are being daft.

W1a Sun 19-Nov-17 21:20:36

It’s pretty standard!

Changerofname987654321 Sun 19-Nov-17 21:20:38

I think it depends on the context. If the teacher says it a polite way as a response to a question then they are giving the child permission to make their own decision.

TheApprentice Sun 19-Nov-17 21:20:43

Whats wrong with that?

Rainbowandraindrops67 Sun 19-Nov-17 21:20:54

Yabu - it’s a perfectly fine thing to say and not rude at all

GerdaLovesLili Sun 19-Nov-17 21:21:07

If only common sense was more common.

RainyDayBear Sun 19-Nov-17 21:21:43

I think there are bigger things to worry about in the world. And I say things like this to my secondary school age classes, I have no idea how it would be considered rude!!

TheOriginalNNB Sun 19-Nov-17 21:22:07

In a world where our 5/6yr olds are set ridiculous educational targets, being encouraged to access their common sense makes sense, really!

Moussemoose Sun 19-Nov-17 21:22:13

Ffs use your common sense.

shakeyourcaboose Sun 19-Nov-17 21:22:26

What is rude? Unless its being used inappropriately are they not being asked to think about something to come to their own conclusion?

TowerRavenSeven Sun 19-Nov-17 21:22:32

Yabu if she is saying it to them, but I wouldn't be happy if he then said it to me.

EastMidsMummy Sun 19-Nov-17 21:22:47

Rude? What's rude about it?

Lucked Sun 19-Nov-17 21:22:50

I don’t think it’s bad, teachers have to be abrupt sometimes like telling them to be quiet and shout if they are misbehaving. It’s not like it’s s bad suggestion unless you mean he is being sarcastic.

My 5 year old son tries to take his trousers off before his shoes on a daily basis, I have certainly had a word about common sense!

ThisIsMyUsername02123 Sun 19-Nov-17 21:24:07

But the thing is, the tone with which he's imitating his teacher makes her sound pretty nasty... Seems a bit iffy to me - but I don't know, probably am a bit sensitive. confused

isittheholidaysyet Sun 19-Nov-17 21:24:17

Have 5/6 year olds developed common sense yet.

Seems a silky thing to say to that age group.

isittheholidaysyet Sun 19-Nov-17 21:24:33


ineedamoreadultieradult Sun 19-Nov-17 21:24:56

It depends how it is said as to if it is rude or abrupt, but I would say it's a fairly standard response.

Child: 'shall I put my coat on?'
Teacher 'its November use your common sense:

Child 'ive finished with the paint shall I put it away:
Teacher 'use your common sense's

Child 'this felt tip has ran out, shall I throw it away'
Teacher 'use your common sense'

Not rude at all.

Anasnake Sun 19-Nov-17 21:25:36

You're being silly and need to use your common sense grin

steff13 Sun 19-Nov-17 21:26:49

YABU. My goodness I would hate to be a teacher.

isittheholidaysyet Sun 19-Nov-17 21:26:49

Are children in schools allowed to use common sense?
Mine seem to have to follow all kinds of rules which make no sense at all.

BewareOfDragons Sun 19-Nov-17 21:26:56

hmm Sadly, common sense is lacking in many...

PaperdollCartoon Sun 19-Nov-17 21:26:59

How is it rude?! Yes YABU

CorbynsBumFlannel Sun 19-Nov-17 21:26:59

Not ideal and not a very respectful way to speak to a child tbh but pretty standard ime. If the aim is to try and get kids to problem solve for themselves there would be many more polite ways to say it.

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