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Swearing in Schools

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Students can get in trouble for various reasons, from bullying to chewing gum in class. However, swearing has recently become the primary concern of many parents and teachers. Schools have enforced strict rules hoping to stop the foul mouthing from kids, but these efforts are of no prevail.

At the root of the problem, excessive swearing most likely starts from unknowing parents cussing in front of their children. These kids (beginning from an elementary age) share these interesting new words with their friends, and then later on compare to see who knew more. During school, when one of them consciously and very audibly swears, an immediate response of, “Oooh, he swore,” would most likely take place. However, as they age into middle school, they will realize that their upperclassmen swear very naturally and fluently. Swearing for them is the new norm. With this vulgar language being used more and more casually, new students entering middle school will be influenced as well. As the kids grow into adults, they are then the new unknowing parent that introduces their kids to a common habit. This cycle repeats over and over, spreading itself rapidly in schools.

But is swearing really harmful? Will it cause harm to children and their surroundings?

From a scientific viewpoint, there is no evidence that kids will develop any sort of irreversible consequences from swearing primarily because it is immoral to conduct such experiments that expose hundreds of young children to taboo terms. Furthermore, a study done by a psychologist from Keele University has shown that swearing can actually alleviate pain. It showed that swearing creates a Hypoalgesia Effect, a process that numbs pain.

However, some claim that kids that commonly swear can damage their own reputation and possibly lead them into trouble. This could be even more critical if perhaps the kid had grown up and used vulgar language in their work zone. Howbeit, the vast majority of kids and adults can identify the difference between a serious and casual environment. They would probably be sensible enough to watch their language during such times.

But there are still many viewpoints to consider. Many people following a specific religion are forbidden to use vulgar language. For example, Islamic followers believe in the Prophets of Muhammad, which illicitly claims that Allah (in other words “God”) does not like obscene words or deeds. However, this primarily only involves swearing in other countries as Islam is most accepted by just the Muslim race. Also, countries such as Russia have established bans on swearing at arts, cultural and entertainment events in the country. Furthermore, different people define swearing differently. According to their cultural background, someone could feel heavily insulted or sworn at if they were addressed incorrectly. Others may feel uncomfortable around the use of words suggesting specific body parts.

Finally, swears can be viewed differently when used in different contexts. Swearing can suggest both anger and happiness while can also be used in regular conversations to add humor.
All in all, there is no evident repercussion to swearing. But why do parents still forbid swearing in households? There can be many reasons behind this from the parent wanting to think of their child as “clean” to simply hating the words in general, but a prominent reason is that these parents, who were also once a child, were also taught not to swear. They just follow what their parents as guidance without thinking much of it. It had been common practice to tell their kids to stay away from such terms.

Note: This article does not necessarily represent the views of the NWYJ, only the views of the author.

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