I always felt sorry for Betty and Alicia, the best friends who were separated by being in different houses (wonder if that was on purpose
We were discussing friendship groups yesterday with my 13 year old granddaughter and her parents. I am completely astounded that teachers nowadays appear to get involved in trying to sort out conflicts (not bullying) within friendship groups.
There is no way at all that any of us, however unhappy we were about splits, quarrels, etc etc would have thought of approaching a member of staff, whether pastoral or teaching, to try to help us sort things out. It was down to us to get on with it.
ETA In a classroom, the teacher might have separated friends if they were disturbing the others by chatting, giggling etc, but that would be the end of it.
Yeah I find this a bit strange too. Bullying is one thing, but if the girls don't learn to deal with conflict themselves, how will they manage later in life? As a teen I certainly wouldn't have welcomed interference from any adult and especially not a teacher.
Has anyone read the Jean Ure book called (I think) You Two
? It's about a girl who's at private school and has to leave, so she goes to the scary comprehensive where she is told that either you can be in a gang (of friends not criminals) or in a 'you two' which is a twosome of besties.