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The Failure Of Education, The Subversion Of Bureaucracy

Government plans to toughen up the penalties that can be imposed on parents guilty of 'bad parenting' and tolerating truancy do not signal determination to deal with the problems in the education system but are an admission that progressive and ideological ideas in education havre failed generations of bored and disengaged pupils.

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The Failure Of Education, The Subversion Of Individualism By Bureaucracy

by Xavier Connolly

18 June 2012

The announcement last month that the government intends to strengthen it's powers to impose fines on ‘naughty parents’, who condone their children truanting, represents another nail in the coffin for both adult autonomy and education as a liberal and liberating cultural project. The policy, suggested by government adviser Charlie Taylor, self styled behaviour guru and ‘super-head’ of the Willows Special School in London, propose that parents of persistent absentees, those missing 15 per cent of school time per year, will be fined £60 (the previous rate was £50); if this is not paid within 28 days, the fine will double; if still unpaid, parents will either be taken to court or will have their child benefit suspended.

Whether the advocates of these measures are more concerned with the causes and effects of social deprivation, which are now inextricably and irrationally linked to education in the public imagination,is open to debate. About half of the 127,000 penalty notices issued for truancy since their introduction by New Labour in 2004 have been unpaid or withdrawn so there is little to sugggest they are effective. So far however, the only dissenting voice in the educationb establishment has been that of Peter Gibson of the youth charity Rathbone, who argues that fines are unlikely to work and that the problem is that pupils are ‘disengaged’.

Gibson’s solution is that disengaged pupils need more practical skills and less of the type of lessons offered by seconfdary teachers who like to pretend they are university lecturers.. This will only reinforce the view of the government’s education-standards watchdog, Ofsted, that boring, irrelevant lessons and incompetent teachers are the problem. This outlook helps neither young people nor the adults charged with socialising them, be they parents or teachers (or any adult, come to that).

Any opposition to the government’s plans on grounds of ‘diminished responsibility’ among impoverished parents will only feed into a far more problematic discussion that often clusters around contemporary issues of parenting and education. So it is worth untangling the key trends and assumptions that lie behind the thinking of such policy initiatives. Firstly, the most important aspect for anyone concerned with democracy is the trend to view adults as beings who are disasters-in-waiting unless checked, advised or disciplined by an officially endorsed ‘expert’, usually from one of the new strata of government or educational organisations. This thinking recasts every possible social problem as a product of individual incompetence, ignorance, or cultural or intellectual impoverishment and projects dystopian fantasies of doom on to society. For Charlie Taylor, explaining rising truancy figures is easy. ‘It’s poverty. I mean poverty in every sense of the word: poverty of expectations, poverty of emotions. It’s the four horses of the apocalypse in terms of social deprivation.’

This typical leftist kneejerk reaction to the fact that some young people are disengaged at school only tells us Charlie is a politically correct "progressive" wanker. Taylor is unable to explain the causal link between bunking off and rioting. Nonetheless, he concludes the solution must be to force children to attend school in order to continue their ‘disengagement’ – but at least they’ll be off the streets. Any parent who doesn’t comply faces a fine or increasing punishment and being stigmatised as a bad parent.

It is important to realise that ‘compliance’ in such discourse is not really about the fines; far more insidiously, it is about having, or ‘performing’ the right ‘expectations and emotions’. Maybe Taylor is thinking of replacing truancy inspectors with The Thought Police from George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Back in the classrooms, decades of government interference, cheered on by the many supporters of oligarchic collectivism in the education system, have led to the replacement of subject knowledge with ‘relevant skills’. Yet children are still disengaged; despite the evident lack of success of this vocational and therapeutic turn in education, many people think the answer lies in yet more of the same, like the politics of The Labour Party, leftist thinking can only ever go further in the same direction.. Rathbone, Ofsted and many others are united in thinking that there are some young people for whom the academic emphasis of schools is a turn off. Instead, these children just want practical skills to get a job. This has been an increasingly influential idea among politicians and a growing number of educationalists since the 1970s.

Whatever the original intention, this kind of thinking represents a failure on the part of politicians and educationalists to think of young people as being more than either future cogs in the economy or as potential wreckers of society unless kept confined in school well into their adult life. Perhaps we should remind ourselves of what the ideal of renaissance education used to be.

The case for education was never simply to mould a workforce to fit whatever real or virtual jobs may exist in society. It was to ensure that a set of ideas and values ideas and values along with certain bodies of factual knowledge were transmitted so that everyone from brain surgeon to burger flipper would have had an introduction to a common body of knowledge and culture. If children were bored or unmotivated in the process, well, at the end of the day that was just too bad.No matter how much the hand wringers wring their hands, the bleeding hearts bleed and the wailers and gnashers of teeth wail and gnash, every society willo alwaysd have some losers, some people who simply can't hack it. In some cases, years later, the obnoxious obstructive, disruptive little arsehole down the back of the class might just remember something from a lesson they thought was shite at the time, and change the course of their life. Conversely the star pupil, scoring full marx in eery exam, surely destined for Oxford or Cambrindge, will fetch up in cardboard city, pouring what is left of their intelligence into a bottle of cheap cider. Such is life.

We cannot educate to guarantee outcomes. Nor can we legislate against failure despite the left's fascistic dreams of social engineering.

Not all pupils enjoy or excel at an academic education. However enjoyment is actually irrelevant. If a subject is considered to be worth teaching because of its intellectual content, then it is worth teaching irrespective of the ‘quality of the pupil's experience’ of it. There have always been some for whom education, even a traditional liberal one, may have been more of a chore than pleasure, and they couldn’t wait to leave school (yours truly for example). The difference was when I was young, society did not regard this as a sign of impeding social breakdown or educational failure.

While the declining opportunities for informal work are an issue for many young people today, the more fundamental problems lie at a deeper level: the weakening or absence of confidence in the authority of adults; and the idea that despite making ‘wrong choices’ and having ‘poor emotional skills’ adults may still manage to live their own lives. It has paved the way for the transformation of a potential liberal education system into a nightmare of surveillance and control.

Such reductionist thinking is also legitimising further bureaucratic interference in the way we spontaneously develop our personalities, relationships, our thinking and values, or in short, our humanity. It is now demanded of parents and teachers that they watch, monitor and assess young people’s every movement, word or emotion, real or imagined. Kids must never be left to be ‘bored’ and never allowed to consider ideas that are 'off - message'. From th e age of two a curriculum is on hand to ensure any possibility of future disengagement from the politically correct orthodoxy is eliminated.

C. J. Jung would surely have had something to say about such infantile and control freaky obsession on the part of adults. If parents and teachers accept such levels of control over our freedom to think for ourselves, however ‘positively’ it is presented, then we risk positioning ourselves as dependents upon a newly emerging elite caste of ‘experts’. There will be little need for the state to dictate to us if we cast off our own responsibility and autonomy so lightly.

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France’s left-wing elite are accused of cowardice for failing to support 16-year-old girl facing death threats after she insulted Islam online, the ruling class have been also accused of cowardice for failing to support a 16-year-old girl who has faced death threats after she allegedly insulted Islam online.

Clinton Kill List To Determine Who Will Be US 2020 Presidential Candidate?
And then, in accordance with Murphy’s law, which states just when you think things can’t get any worse, they do, Hillary Clinton has emerged, having found what she obviously thinks is a sure – fire route to the presidency, to offer her services as vice presidential candidate to whoever wins the nomination. And just to show how far The Democrats are removed from reality, many leading figures in the party and the left leaning media think it’s a good idea.

January 2020

Coronavirus Contains “HIV Insertions”: Claim Stokes Fears Over Genetically Modified Bioweapon
The theory that China obtained the coronavirus via a Canadian research program, and started molding it into a bioweapon at the Institute of Virology in Wuhan before it somehow escaped could be an attempt by the establishment (the Davosocracy,) to spread fear and panic as they see resurgent nationalism across the developed world and growing scepticism about

Italy most likely member to quit the EU and demand independence after Brexit -shock poll 23:01 (11 pm) 31 January, the United Kingdom is no longer part of the European Union.

Throughout the day, the last on which the UK will be a member of the European Union, more than 7,000 people took part in an online, and completely meaningless except as a gesture, poll which asked which nation they thought would be next to leave the 27 member bloc ...

US Democratic Party Orders Google To Spread Globalist Propaganda
The U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on the Climate Crisis has demanded, in a letter to Google CEO Sudar Pichai that the Internet Search giant demonetize climate skeptics, and provide 'education' to millions of people who have been exposed to “dangerous misinformation”. Key actions demanded of Google by The Democrats are:

Time is NOT real: Physicists show EVERYTHING happens at the same time

The concept of time is simply an illusion made up of human memories, everything that has ever been and ever will be is happening RIGHT NOW. That is the theory according to a group of esteemed physicists who aim to solve one of the universe’s mysteries.
Most people do not even consider the concept of time but there is nothing in the laws of physics to state that it should move in the forward direction that we know. The laws of physics are symmetric ultimately meaning that time could have easily moved in a backward direction as it does forward. Indeed some adherents to the ‘big crunch’ theory say time WILL run backwards when the universe stops expanding and starts contracting back in on itself.

The BBC is panicking at the public’s rejection of its arrogant Left-liberal worldview
This is nearly over – this weird disconnect between what most of us understand as reality and the world as seen through the eyes of an all pervasive Authority that was apparently appointed (although we never knew by whom) to establish the limits of public discourse. The crisis of confidence at the BBC – and make no mistake, it is a full blown, all alarm bells ringing, catastrophic crisis ...

The grooming gang cover-up is Britain’s real racism scandal

Forget pathetic 'Princess Pushy' Megan Markle petulantly playing the race card when she found life in the goldfish bowl occupied by Britain's Royal Family was not to her liking, the grooming gang cover up is Britain's racist scandal - and it is far worse than the trivialities that get American libtards screaming about "White Privilege ..."

John McCain’s Widow Comments on Jeffrey Epstein’s Sex Trafficking ChargesJohn McCain’s Widow Comments on Jeffrey Epstein’s Sex Trafficking Charges


Speaking at a human trafficking event in Florida, McCain revealed that her family was quite familiar with Epstein’s wrongdoings as one girl from her daughter’s high school was actually among the financier’s underage victims, then suddenly acknowledging that she “knew” about his crimes.
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French Intellectual Jailed for Calling Mass Immigration an “Invasion”
French intellectual Renaud Camus (above) has been conditionally sentenced to 2 months imprisonment for arguing that mass immigration in Europe represents an “invasion.” Summit.news reports: The writer, who is the author of Le Grand Remplacement (The Great Replacement), was charged with “public incitement to hate or violence on the basis of origin, ethnicity, nationality, race or religion.”

“Hard” Of Hearing? PornHub Being Sued By Deaf Man For Lack Of Subtitles
We read today that sex supermaket site PornHub is being sued by Yaroslav Suris, who has filed a lawsuit claiming that its lack of PornHub’s lack of subtitles for the hard of hearing is discriminatory. Suris’ bone of contention is that the website violates his rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act, according to showbiz gossip site TMZ, which broke the story ...

Quitaly Back On As Salvini Prepares To Take On The EU
While the bureaucraps of Brussels were still congratuating themselves on forcing Matteo Salvini’s Lega party out of Italy’s governernment, mainstream media barely bothered to cover the news that Lega won the state elections in Umbria towards the end of October 2019. Thus the story that should have had Europhiles like Emmanuel Macron and Guy Verhofshit crapping themselves was barely noticed.

Police Failed To Act Against Muslim Grooming Gang Due To Fears Over "Community Tensions" A new report based on the evidence of former Grester Manchester Police Detective Constable Maggie Oliver acknowledges that the force failed to stop dozens of girls being groomed and sexually exploited by a network of Pakistani men despite being fully aware of what was happening due to fears over creating “community tensions.” The report notes that the instruction to avoid prosecuting came "right from the top ..."

Asian grooming gang given free pass to rape; police officers told ‘find other ethnicities’ to investigate – detective.
A report published today, authored by child protection specialist Malcolm Newsam CBE and former senior police officer Gary Ridgway, comes following the reopening of an investigation into the death of 15-year-old Victoria Agoglia, who – after years of abuse and days after she was injected with heroin by a 50-year-old man – died in hospital of an overdose in 2003.

Greta Thunberg Slams Australia for Coal Industry, Expands List of Climate Demands
Little Greta Thunberg, who was elected by nobody apparently now speaks for us all on matters relating to climate change. The Swedish climate change hustler who is making a fortune for her handlers from donations to her campaign, again castigated Australia for continuing to mine and export coal despite her previous complaints, adding a call for an end worldwide to the actibity to her list of climate demands to be delivered at the upcoming World Economic Forum in Davos ...

Macron Digs In Against The General Strike, But Could It Finish Him?
As the French braces itself for the latest wave of protests and strikes across the country, as attitudes harden against President Emmanuel Macron's pension and retirement system reforms. Karel Vereycken, vice-president of France's Solidarity and Progress Party, has given his version what's behind the recent wave of strikes and why Macron's efforts to calm the situation down are backfiring.