September 2, 2005
In Britain the student inmates appear to have taken over the education prison.
A secondary school in Britain will allow students to swear at teachers as long as they don't do it more than five times in a lesson.
I'm not making this up!
Teachers will keep a running tally of offensive remarks, including use of the f-word, on the blackboard.
If the class goes over the limit, it will be "spoken to" at the end of the lesson.
The school says the policy will improve the behavior of students.
But various parents' groups and members of parliament denounced the policy, warning it will backfire.
One member of parliament wondered what's next.
Should students be allowed to burgle five times, or speed five times before they are held accountable?
There is a general breakdown of discipline all over - in Britain as well as in too many places in the United States.
This is because no one wants to impose anything on anyone else anymore.
As a result, there is chaos, not only in too many schools, but throughout culture.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.