The Professional Association of Teachers, a British labor union, is recommending that their members stop referring to students as “clever”. Instead they say high-achieving kids should be labeled as “successful”.
Last year, the same group decided to drop the term “failure” and replace it with “deferred success”.
I suppose the people making these decisions are just trying to protect their students. But it’s rather sad that we’ve come to a point where we exist in “a culture which mocks being clever”.
No one is clever. No one is a failure. Everyone’s in the middle.