Wednesday, March 11, 2009

National Curriculum Still Not Full Enough

In so far as teachers are always claiming to be overworked, it's funny how there's always time for this stuff:
Parents face possible court action for withdrawing their children from lessons on gay and lesbian history.

More than 30 pupils were pulled out of a week of teaching at a primary school which included books about homosexual partnerships.
Don't be shocked, but it tends to a little more than this for liberals to act normally:
From September 2001 to February this year, the court was told, the older daughter, Emma, had attended only 55 out of 190 school registrations - a 29% record.

Her younger sister attended 64 of 190 school sessions - a 34% attendance rate.
Never mind what liberals are doing to the world - consider what they're doing to the English language:
A spokesman for Waltham Forest Council said: ‘As part of the borough’s policy of promoting tolerance in our schools, children are taught that everyone in our society is of equal value.
Everyone's of equal value but only some are equal enough to be given public money and classroom time to indoctrinate the kids, plus if you object you're some kind of fascist, and they'll use the power of the state to persecute you.

I'd let all this go except this case neatly undercuts two of the more absurd principles of Cameronism.

No one's benefited more from Cameron's obsession with 'reaching out' to minority groups than the special people. The Dave did all but announce plans to make Kylie's birthday a bank holiday, all in the belief that these people were just ready to jump onboard just as soon as those horrible socio-cons were exorcised. Hey, how's that worked out?

Well, here's a brutal piece of governmental thuggery being carried out on their behalf, so why aren't the usual suspects out there chanting 'Not In My Name'? Usual disclaimer applies - no one's expecting crimpers to throw down their tongs and rush out into the street, but how about the folks who are always raging about the Pope? More specifically, how about the pretendey-cons? Doesn't conservatism have something to say about schools being hijacked by ideologically driven nuts and used to undermine parents? Anything at all?

Ditto, the other Deep Thought of (or possibly rationalisation for) Cameronism, namely the idea that everything else is just a distraction from winning seats in the house. Suppose the Tories do win a majority? What then? This case is a glimpse of the future.

The law already allows parents to withdraw their children from religious and sex education, but the school decided to get round it by classifying these lessons - gay penguins and all - as history. That's a lesson right there. The Tories can do whatever they want in Westminister, but out in the country they're going to run up against people like this sticking two fingers up to the clearly expressed will of Parliament.

The choices for the Tories are to embrace full-on Cameronism and accept, at best, Parliament engaging in an endless game of Whack-A-Mole to try and plug each and every loophole that allows teachers to push their own loopy agenda or, alternatively, to fight the culture war. After all, why should activist loonies be able to use public money to pursue their own nutbunny agenda? More to the point, how did conservatism get so beat down that this is even an issue?

Well, I can't be sure about the answer to that last question, but I'm guessing the answer involves years of proto-Cameronesque triangulation. Well, enough already. Conservatives can either have the Tories in power but not in office, passing ineffectual legislation for the activists to samba around, or they take these loonies on. There is no third way.

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