Posted by Richard Willett - Memes and headline comments by David Icke Posted on 13 March 2024

The Battle for Our Schools is Heating Up

A battle is raging about what our schools are for. Ideas about ‘white privilege’ and the inbuilt racism of all ‘white’ societies are being embedded in pupils’ minds in more and more English schools. The outcry following the death of a man killed by the police 4,000 miles away in the U.S. mid-West prompted heads in English public schools simultaneously to feel they must announce reviews of their curriculum. The everyday language of some schools is undergoing radical change, with activists advising them to use only gender neutral terms, abandoning traditional expressions like ‘boys and girls’ and ‘mums and dads’. A London school’s geography lessons abandon geographical knowledge for discussions about pupils’ own identities. The names of Elizabethan heroes Drake and Raleigh are excised from the buildings of a Devon school for the sake of ‘inclusivity’.

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg.

Where does the pressure for these extraordinary developments come from? It is not from our current Government, though it has done precious little to stem the tide and even at times indirectly helped to accelerate it. It is certainly not from parents or the vast majority of the population. It is from school leaders themselves, ‘education experts’, teacher educators, universities and from a wider elite dominant across our major cultural institutions convinced of its own rightness and virtue. Its origins are in what the French call a pensée unique, a single way of looking at things that sees the world as divided between oppressors and oppressed, distrusts the nation state, seeks the overthrow of ‘Western hegemony’, redefines ‘anti-racism’ to mean a never-ending assault on ‘white privilege’, puts equity before liberty and believes in the subjectivity of all knowledge and values. It is a hydra-headed ideology and is threatening to corrode what schools should really be for.

A recent international ‘Education Summit’ in Budapest organised by the Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC), Hungary’s largest private educational institution, discussed how best to counter these threats also being experienced by some other countries represented at the conference. It was clear that the ideological divide in education is no longer just whether one is for or against the kind of progressive teaching methods that derive from Rousseau and Dewey, but of where one draws the line between indoctrination and education  The focus of the conference was on how to uphold an education based on the transmission of what Matthew Arnold, 19th-century poet and school inspector, described as “the best that has been thought and said”, not on using schools as a means to shape young minds into taking the party line on whatever social causes – gender ideology, anti-racism, Net Zero – are in vogue at any one time.

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