I am going crazy with my 2nd graders. I KNOW it is not nice to say "stupid" or "dumb" but when I read a story or novel and come across one of those words, I actually read them. Call me a crazy liberal teacher, but I don't think those are such bad words! But they all gasp as if I had said the REAL S-word. I have calmly explained to them that it is in the story and it is okay to read, but I don't want them calling each other or anyone else stupid or dumb. Is there some sort of conspiracy to get rid of 'stupid' and 'dumb' from our childrens' vocabularies altogether? During one of our discussions about it today, some of them didn't even understand what stupid meant! Comments, opinions, etc.? I'm curious about how people feel about this - especially parents of youngish children.