Kids: Don’t @#%*& Swear!

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Bremerton school kids are being encouraged not to swear.
Dare Not To Swear” is the name of the program. It’s a program that encourages school kids – children – to not swear.
One more time. It’s a program. At school. That encourages. Children. To not swear.
Man, do I feel old.

Anyway, here is selected advice from some Mountain View Middle School students about why it’s no good to swear, plus they suggest minced oaths, many of which would get my ears boxed if heard by my father, one of the greatest swearers of his generation.

These come from Wendy McPhetres’ Mountain Middle View connections class. To read all of them go to the original Web page from the Bremerton Patriot click here.

“If you swear, your buddies might think you’re a poser. Usually, you don’t look as cool as you think. Also you always seem more professional if you use NICE words, it may open more doors for you! ”
Alternatives: Hot dog!, Oh my lanta, sweet niblits, and monster trucks
– Willow, seventh grade

“Older teens influence younger kids. Swearing can also get you in trouble at school. It can hurt your chances of getting a job. And lots of people are offended by swearing.”
Alternatives: Darn it, shoot, crud, Oh no/oh man and Aww!
-Cameron, seventh grade

I guess what strikes me first is the emphasis on professional behavior and getting jobs. This is where I get lost. The first thing I do when I walk into a job interview is let loose with a litany of curses. I just let the profanity flow like a 40 ounce spilling on the curb for dead homies.

Times have change. Go figure.

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