The Conservative Party is a very dangerous political party. It is clear that in the wake of the “Ofsted-imposed British Values scandal” they are dangerous because they are leftists/progressives/socialists pretending to represent the conservative world-view.
Once upon a time the State had nothing to do with education. There was no State so religious groups such as the Catholic Church and then the Church of England did this job. Schools and educating went hand in hand – parents sent their children to school to be educated in the sense that they received knowledge, usually knowledge accumulated and refined by Western civilisation.
As time progressed, the State got more involved in education and eventually the Church of England agreed to hand this job (more or less) to the State as long as the kiddies said a few prayers every morning. This was surrender by the Church of England, who are world leaders in the art of surrender to the secular State.
The change was not such a big deal for a while. Children attended school to be educated in the “transmission of knowledge” sense. Then came the 1960s. Schools were no longer viewed as institutions where children are educated. Schools and the education system became tools of the State to bring about whatever world-view was in fashion at the time.
This usually oscillated between improving social mobility and/or assuring ‘fairness’ and/or ‘equality’ for students. So the education system and the children within it became a mere tool for the State to achieve this goal. Children became a means to an end.
Unsurprisingly over the next 40 years, because educating children was not the aim of the education system, school standards and results plummeted. Labour attempted to cover this up by grade inflation but most well informed parents and pupils knew that something was rotten the State of Denmark, or indeed bog standard comprehensive. Things were not rotten in the schools that the elite sent their kids to. No, no, most were spared the comprehensive ideal.
Now we have Government fiat to promote “British Values”. Again, educating children is not the aim. Instead, social cohesion is the goal with children being a means to this end.
British Values can mean whatever the hell the government in charge wants it to mean, and for this Government it means interrogating children over their sexuality and knowledge of Islam, as Nick Wood explained yesterday.
We have come quite far from education as the transmission to the next generation of the Western canon of knowledge, don’t you think? And all on the watch of a Conservative government.
That the Conservative Party would use the education system in such a fashion demonstrates how dangerous they are. They are not interested in education – they are interested in State brainwashing of young children.
Instead of trying to conserve the education system to, you know, educate children, the Conservatives have bought into the socialist idea that the education system is there to be used by government to impose upon children whatever world-view takes their fancy. It does not matter what the world-view is; it is the fact that the education system is seen as a tool to be used by the State and not to educate children that makes this such a totalitarian move by a dangerous political party.
It is arbitrary and done at the whim of a Minister, who unfortunately for British children is the hopeless, hapless Nicky Morgan, and her enforcers at Ofsted.
But it does not stop there. As well as being dangerous, these lefty Conservatives who are masquerading in conservative clothes are also very, very stupid. They have ordered schools to ‘promote British Values’. What, might I ask, do they think a Labour government might identify as British Values?
Perhaps progressive taxation is a true British Value? Perhaps a very generous welfare state is a British Value? We know that all parties think the NHS reflects British Values so you might as well pop that in also. There is nothing in fact to stop a Labour government from ordering that socialism itself is a British Value and that this should be promoted as a universal good to all school-children. Should that happen the Conservatives only have themselves to blame.