NEW YORK — Growing up, your best friend is the person who is always there for you and the one you share all your secrets and exploits with.
But now there’s a growing movement to ban best friends.
The movement isn’t a ban on friendship, it’s just geared towards having children broaden their friendship circles and become more inclusive.
It’s a move a lot of educators think goes in the right direction.
Rumored to have first started in Prince George’s South London school, this push to breakup best friends is catching on, says clinical psychologist Dr. Barbara Greenberg.
“There has been a movement in some American schools and European schools to ban the phrase ‘best friend,'” Greenberg said. “The idea of banning the phrase ‘best friends’ is a very intriguing social experiment.”
And while it may be raising some eyebrows Greenberg who works with children and adolescents says there’s some good rationale behind it.