Great idea, sir: Woke school bans teachers from using sarcasm in the classroom
- Skegness Academy in Lincolnshire stopped it as part of a ‘guide to support staff’
- The doctrine outlined that sarcasm cannot be used when talking to pupils
- However parents said some of the ‘sarcastic teachers’ are their favourites
A school has been slammed by parents for being woke after it banned teachers from using sarcasm.
Skegness Academy in Lincolnshire stopped the use of irony to convey contempt as part of a ‘guide to support staff’.
The doctrine, known as the ‘Skegness Academy Way’, outlined that sarcasm cannot be used when talking to pupils.
The ban applied to all pupils, however parents said some of the ‘sarcastic teachers’ are their favourites.
Skegness Academy (pictured) in Lincolnshire stopped the use of irony to convey contempt as part of a ‘guide to support staff’
‘The whole point of school is to prepare children for the world outside, not to wrap them in cotton woke wool,’ one parent told The Sun.
‘And talk about putting staff at a disadvantage — sarcasm is one of the only fun and kind ways to deal with some difficult pupils.’
Another parent claimed the policy was ‘ridiculous’ and that sarcasm can be used to bring ‘unruly kids into line’.
Executive principal Emma Day said: ‘The SKA Way is not a policy but a guide to support staff with delivering on our ethos.
‘The reference to sarcasm is because it can be difficult for children with special educational needs to process or interpret it.’
MailOnline has approached the school for comment.
In 2014, a professor at a top university was suspended for nine months after he was accused of sighing and being sarcastic during job interviews.
Thomas Docherty was banned from the University of Warwick following allegations he had given off ‘negative vibes’ and undermined the authority of the former head of the English department.
The English and Comparative Literature professor was said to have been ‘making ironic comments’ and ‘projecting negative body language’ when interviewing candidates for a job.
Professor Docherty was banned from the campus and from writing references for students without permission during the suspension.