Skip to comments.New toilet design to tackle bullying
Posted on 05/02/2007 6:11:01 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
UNISEX wash basin areas could be built in schools to help tackle bullying.
The move is part of recommendations covering schools in England being rebuilt or refurbished as part of the Government's £45bn Building Schools for the Future (BSF) scheme.
BSF aims to rebuild or renew every one of England's 3,500 state secondary schools during the 15-year lifetime of the initiative.
The new guidelines were issued by the Government agency responsible for delivering the programme, Partnerships for Schools.
Toilets in Schools was published earlier this month and details new toilet block designs to be incorporated into all BSF schools.
It is hoped the new designs will combat bullying in secondary schools and make toilets more attractive, cleaner and safer for pupils to use.
The agency recommends making hand-washing areas unisex and more visible and placing toilet blocks opposite classrooms and staff to improve the way they are supervised.
Gravesham Teachers' Association secretary Brian Chadwick said: "Any improvement which helps reduce bullying to a minimum is something we would support.
"But this would only be the tip of the iceberg and we would expect schools to have checks in place to deal with bullying anyway."
Councillor Michael Snelling, who represents Gravesham Rural at Kent County Council, said: "The real problem with toilets is they are enclosed spaces but I think this can be designed out when we're building schools for the future."
As well as overhauling the design of toilets, the BSF programme will address anti-social behaviour through further design features.
Dead-end corridors and dark corners will be avoided and the general visibility in all parts of schools will be increased.
Other recommendations include having blurred glass cubicles and not having urinals.
Partnerships for Schools chief executive Tim Byles said: "Toilets in BSF schools will no longer provide bullies with places which lend themselves all too readily to anti-social behaviour."
From the headline I thoughtr they had developed an anti-swirly bowl.
there's the reason why. The euroweenies launched a campaign last year to eliminate the urinal because it is sexist - remember?
Why not just outlaw bullying? Oh wait, fat nerds with glasses aren’t a politically viable special interest group. Not like homosexual muslims.
The location of assaults may change but this doesn’t get at the root cause.
Maybe they'll outlaw toilet paper squares too and we can squat over holes in the ground and wipe with our hands like muslims. Islamic washing bowls are being placed in American airport bathrooms and on the campuses of American public universities. It isn't that impossible.
Are they going to install basin’s for muslims to wash their feet while they’re at it?
I am no fan of bullies, but are they really the most serious social problem we face?
No urinals? Why not? I know the feminists hate them, because it reminds them of what they don’t have, but wish they did. Other than that...?
When I read that all I could think of was a toilet that you couldn’t use to flush the class nerd’s head.
Oh wait, fat nerds with glasses arent a politically viable special interest group. Not like homosexual muslims.
You nailed it. Of course it is that way here in the USA too. Unless you either provide campaign contributions, campaign issues, or votes — you do not count in our society and YOU must obey the law. The others are exempt from laws, and get special treatment...
there is no substitution for effective supervision - something teachers have historically been averse to. if teachers provided real supervision over students, then there would be little or no bullying.
Just like German toilets ;)
Would someone explain to me what a unisex wash basin area is or looks like.
These are part of the demands made by Muslims in England - There is a PDF file on the list of demands somewhere on the net - I've seen it - quite long and quite extensive - from what I have heard is that the British have agreed to all of the demands made on them.
One of the posts on my blog covers the UK situation although no link to the PDF
That has already been done there.
What is this from the Onion? What kind of moron would say something like this?
Probably not, however, I would guess that the consequences of bullying are worse today than they were when I was in HS 20 years ago. Back then we wanted to kill our tormentors, instead you just had to stand up to them. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't, but you at least got the satisfaction of standing up for yourself. Today, the most extreme cases result in in the shootings we see. Apparently standing up for yourself isn't enough for these nutcases.