Magazine July 19, 2010, Issue

Unfriendly Persuasion

From a cover of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Oxford World’s Classics)

‘I think it is kids’ preference to pair up and have that one best friend. As adults — teachers and counselors — we try to encourage them not to do that.”

Thus Christine Laycob, “director of counseling” at Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School in Missouri, speaking to the New York Times the other day about why best friends are a bad thing. “Parents sometimes say Johnny needs that one special friend. We say he doesn’t need a best friend.”

By “we,” she means the expert opinion of “educators.” Granted that “educators” seem to have minimal interest in education, and

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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