Sunday, February 03, 2008

A Little Education

Two stories caught my eye in the Sunday papers today. The first that husbands with multiple wives may now claim benefits, even though polygamous marriages are illegal in the UK.

The second, from the Sunday Times, that more interference from government, disguised as policy, is being introduced "to tackle 'segregation" in society". The judgements, which set a precedent extending throughout the state school system, include:

- Banning headteachers from asking parents why they want to come to the school, in case this puts non-English speakers at a disadvantage;

- Barring schools from asking for children's birth certificates in case this identifies the parents' jobs, which might give professional families a competitive edge;

- Forbidding a discussion with parents of the school's Ofsted inspection report as this might discriminate against parents who "do no understand bureaucracy";

- Stopping schools asking parents whether they support its ethos because this might be considered "patronising" to less well-educated or ethnic minority parents.

This weekend the moves were attacked as more evidence of "social engineering but I for one am reminded of the words of Sir Thomas More: "One of the greatest problems of our time is that many are schooled but few are educated.”

Not much has changed since the time of Henry VIII then?

What's your view?


Anonymous said...

Multiple wives ? They deserve all they can get !!! All them mother in laws SCARY.

Michael Child said...

It appears that you are saying here political correctness as been expanded to cover stupidity one can understand some people in government being right behind this one. Wouldn’t it have made life easier for Henry if he could have had all his wives at once he certainly put Canterbury on the map with. "What sluggards, what cowards have I brought up in my court, who care nothing for their allegiance to their lord. Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest." He wasn’t that kind to the man for all seasons either if I recall correctly. Perhaps one of them said Henry goes bananas.

DrMoores said...

"Meddlesme priest?" - Thomas Beckett? A different Henry perhaps? Althought both had a connection with Beckett of ocurse. One being responsible for his death and the other for the destruction of his shrne at Canterbury. I digress!

Michael Child said...

Sorry Simon my stupidity conforms with the new standards of political correctness.

Anonymous said...

Give free rein to market forces

Cut back the welfare state

Not much changed since Henry 8th ?

Maggie Thatcher failed to learn from history.

Henry gave free rein to the wool trade and closed the monasteries (the health service of their day)

This led to famine. I think that it was East Anglian peasants who rose in rebellion (in the only genuine peasants revolt in history ?)and gave Henry's mercenary forces of social control a good hiding ?

If only the miners had learnt from history and had given Maggie's mercenaries (police masqauerading as constables) a similar good thrashing ?

I think it was the Romans who spoke of educating the Brits as part of their servitude. I think that is what has happened to our oh so smug younger generation

Chant after me pupils:

"Multiculturalism is good, there is such a thing as institutionalized racism, there are such entities as a gay community, an Asian community, a black community. There is no such thing as an Anglo Saxon community. Anyone who disgareees is a racist or a reactionary or a bigot or a homophobic. And if all label hanging ad hominem fallacy responses fail use "Duh" "

Ken Gregory said...


As a descendant of Sir Henry Fitzhurst(spelling not sure of) does that make me biased?

Michael Child said...

The name does ring a bell Ken ." Walter Mitty raised his hand briefly and the bickering attorneys were stilled. "With any known make of gun," he said evenly, "I could have killed Gregory Fitzhurst at three hundred feet with my left hand." Pandemonium broke loose in the courtroom. A woman's scream rose above the bedlam and suddenly a lovely, dark-haired girl was in Walter Mitty's arms. The District Attorney struck at her savagely. Without rising from his chair, Mitty let the man have it on the point of the chin. "You miserable cur!" . . .

Anonymous said...

I was under the impression that production of birth certificates was a necessary pre-cursor to prove age?
I had the pleaseure of teaching a 6th former from Afghanistan a few years back and he was a model hardworking student but there was no way he was the 17 year old he claimed to be; nearer 22/23 or older!

Anonymous said...

The biggest problem in Thanet is lazy poor people who vote Labour and won't pull their wait

J P Thomas

Anonymous said...

I had the pleaseure of teaching a 6th former from Afghanistan a few years back

Can I assume you were not teaching English?
As for the "student" being older than his claimed age. Since he most likely turned up with no passport his age would be whatever he claimed. Generally people in his position claim to be minors because it allows them more benefits, and they can't be removed as easily.

As for giving benefits to polygamists. It no longer surprises me. It seems our beloved leaders will do anything and everything to speed the decline of this country into a third world hell hole. I just wonder who is going to pay for this, and ultimately how much it will cost us.

Anonymous said...

Why are bending over backwards to accomodate these people, when we would not be extended the same rights in their countries. How much are we to give up in order not to affend, Natwest piggy banks,the 3 little pigs that live in a house that the wolf tried to blow down, the flying of the cross, the wearing of religeous jewellery. Now we are willing to giving them benefits for a practice which is illegal in this country. Why do we not extend more help and support to homeless british people that for whatever reason; breakdown in the family unit, unable to work with no fixed address, and to be told you do not fit the criteria for help, when someone from abroad does.

We should be getting our backyard in order before making other peoples front gardens rosey.

Ken Gregory said...


Mr (sir) Fitzurst was one of the three that did for Thomas Beckett at canterbury