Wednesday 10 June 2009

Working Today To Instil Fear In Our Future

Please, no. Is this indoctrination, or merely misguided?

Primary school pupils are to be shown a film about the dangers of terrorists as part of an organised safety day.

More than 2,000 10 and 11-year-olds will see a short film, which urges them to tell the police, their parents or a teacher if they hear anyone expressing extremist views.

Beg pardon? An extremist view for that age group is a classmate saying that Drake and Josh are better than Zack and Cody. Using kids of 10 and 11 for surveillance is not only worrying, it's downright obscene. Some may even term it child abuse as it necessarily strips away a child's natural innocence and instead instils suspicion and fear in its place.

I'm one of the 'some'.

It uses cartoon animals to get across safety messages.

A lion explains that terrorists can look like anyone, while a cat tells pupils that should get help if they are being bullied and a toad tells them how to cross the road.

Terrorists can look like anyone? And this is being fed to pre-pubescents? For Chrissake anyone with any agenda can look like anyone else. MPs sometimes look like respectable members of the public, for example.

What on earth were those who dreamed up this initiative thinking? And since when did a toad become the expert on crossing the fucking road?

Kids that young being subjected to this is nothing but a sinister and errant waste of time and resources. I have two of about the same age and their eyes glaze over when the news is on, it may as well be broadcast in Greek. Yet Lancashire police think kids who haven't yet reached secondary school are able to accurately identify the surreptitious verbal signals of a potential terrorist?

Expect a host of tip-offs to the police soon, from terrified kids in East Lancs, who believe Joel's mum is a terrorist because one of them heard her say she wanted to bang Kyle's dad.

You couldn't make ... nope, must resist that cliché.

H/T Alex Massie


call me old fashioned said...

Will this be before or after infants lessons on gayness and how cool is 'fisting' ?

Mark Wadsworth said...

It's not actually 'indoctrination', that would imply 'teaching people to think in a certain way', the aim is to generate a Climate Of Fear, a pre-requisite for any authoritarian government, which is 'teaching people that they have to let the government doing the thinking for them'.

Whether that's fear of terrorism, global cooling, Tory spending cuts, burglars or swine 'flu doesn't matter.

Anonymous said...

Ive just received a mail stating the holocaust will not be taught in schools in case it offends muslims.
Is this true?

The pressure on children to grow up too soon is immense,I'm glad I was a kid in the 50s.

Paul said...

We desperately, desperately need a new, more libertarian political climate. These people are animals.

This is one for ARCH and the like I think. I would say that it is child abuse, no question. Add that to suggesting that adults show children how to use condoms and you have a lot of very sick people running this country.

I'm not surprised that people are looking to flee to other English-speaking parts of the EU - I would if I could.

Anonymous said...

No wonder the kids are either growing up thick or gay.
Terrorist my arse
There are probably no more than a dozen or so in the country and the kids will be looking for them under their beds

Anonymous said...

Parents do not have to tolerate this surely?