New ‘guidance’ says teachers’ personal judgment is banned from classrooms and they’re not to criticise government policies and actions without also suggesting why the Tories are right, as thought and speech clampdown continues
New ‘guidance’ issued to schools by the Department for Education (DfE) under the guise of avoiding ‘bias’ bans teachers from taking a position on even issues of obvious right and wrong – and tells them that if they do bring up those issues they can only do so if they put the other ‘side’s view as well.
So if teachers want to discuss burgeoning poverty and the impact of government policies – an issue affecting around a third of England’s children – they’re only allowed to do so if they also explain, as an equally valid view, the Tories’ propaganda about why it’s unavoidable or even a good thing.
And if they want to discuss global issues of inequality and oppression, they have to put the exploiters’ and oppressors’ version too – without judgment or criticism.
And the guidance, according to the BBC, explicitly discourages any expression of support for ‘campaigning groups’ against injustice, such as the Black Lives Matter movement – while in an example of how the so-called ‘mainstream’ media shores up the Establishment’s narrative, the BBC again ‘both sides’ the issue of Israeli apartheid and oppression of Palestinians, describing this as ‘tension between Israel and the Palestinians’.
The UK’s slide from shallow democracy into totalitarianism continues and the powers that be know that our young people re the most likely to reject it. They don’t want our children to hear that it might be wrong or to think critically about the injustices it is built on and promotes.
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