. . . Liberally sprinkling a book aimed at youngsters with foul language – of a kind that not so long ago would have led to arrest – is no way to increase anyone’s literacy. Certainly not that of teenagers.
Writers have plenty of perfectly good expressive words in the English language to choose from, without reducing literary and language standards to the lowest common denominator.
While bad language may be the norm in the playground, you can bet it isn’t tolerated in the classrooms of teachers marching to the freedom-of-speech drum.
And why are young males from “educational deprived backgrounds” taught that swearing is a good way for them to communicate? Does this mean they are written-off as knuckle-dragging proles?
Youngsters need inspiration, guidance and discipline if they are to engage fruitfully, communicate decently with each other and make their mark.
They don’t have many role models, not if the swearing heard on buses and around bars and cafes is anything to go by.
There’s no need for it…Charles Dickens didn’t do it that way – and he knew about deprived backgrounds. – Jock Anderson