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April 06, 2010

My suspense of disbelief just gave out

Think back to the most farcical, absurd and exaggerated dystopian fiction of your Kafkas or your Orwells, write them up as the news and you are left with an accurate description of contemporary public policy in England.

Take Student Voice, for example, a government scheme based on the premise that children are entitled to a role in the management and delivery of their own education.

The all-too predictable outcome has been that such immature opinions have often been genuinely infantile — and yet have had to be taken seriously.

As a result, one teacher failed to be appointed after being labelled ‘Humpty Dumpty’ by a child.

Another was humiliated by being told to sing her favourite song; she refused and didn’t get the job. A third was asked by children on the interview panel how this candidate might impress the judges of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.

These are the same people we have entrusted with the economy, the environment and the war.

It is a very good thing our enemy is hobbled by a culture and an ideology which render him functionally retarded because otherwise we would be in bigger trouble than we already are. Perhaps the best thing to do now is hope our civilization is overwhelmed by people who still know who they are, what they are about and what they want; the Chinese, for instance.

Yet more: Now teachers are ordered to smile at their pupils.

A secondary school has ordered teachers to welcome children with a smile at the start of every lesson as part of a drive to hand more power to pupils.

Staff have also been told to ensure they are not boring students by setting work that is too hard.

The directives appeared in a memo detailing student 'entitlements' and feedback from 'student voice discussions' at the comprehensive Buile Hill Visual Arts College in Salford.

Teachers said it made them feel 'undervalued and undermined'.

As opposed to feeling outraged and then doing something about it.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 6, 2010 12:48 AM