Allowing students to use socially restricted language, such as swears, is not only a way to let students express themselves fluently and efficiently, but also a great way of allowing them to learn the appropriate way of doing so. When used well, swearing can be a stylistic choice within poetry or art, an effective way to communicate emphasis or anger, or a way to speak casually with someone. Students at MLSS are allowed to learn when it’s okay to swear without offending anyone, when they want to swear and what their own comfort level with other people swearing is.
The same logic holds true for all restricted language. Students at MLSS learn what their comfort level is with things like swearing, blasphemy and discussion of bodily functions and they learn when to avoid things like swearing, blasphemy, discussion of bodily functions and other people’s phobias when they are inappropriate.