Crazy teachers at home and abroad

This morning we read about the Minneapolis high school that turned away the Vets for Freedom bus. It turns out that this attitude, in its most extreme form, is epidemic in England:

Teachers today vowed to oppose military recruitment campaigns in schools that are based on Ministry of Defence “propaganda”.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) voted to back any school staff who want to boycott Armed Forces recruitment campaigns.

Delegates at the union’s annual conference in Manchester lined up to condemn the tactics of the MoD in targeting teenagers with “misleading” information that they said glamorises war.

The union backed a motion committing the NUT to “support teachers and schools in opposing Ministry of Defence recruitment activities that are based upon misleading propaganda”.

Paul McGarr, a delegate from east London, told the conference: “Personally I find it difficult to imagine any recruitment material that is not misleading.”

He said: “Let’s just try and imagine what that recruitment material would have to say were it not to be misleading.

“We would have material from the MoD saying ‘Join the Army and we will send you to carry out the imperialist occupation of other people’s countries.

“‘Join the Army and we will send you to bomb, shoot and possibly torture fellow human beings in other countries.

“‘Join the Army and be sent, probably poorly equipped, into situations where people try and shoot you and kill you because you are occupying their countries.

“‘Join the Army and if you survive and come home, possibly injured and mentally damaged by the experience, you and your family will be shabbily treated.’

“When I see the MoD putting out recruitment material saying that, then maybe I won’t have a problem with using it in school.

“Until then, I think that all recruitment material is misleading and should be opposed.”

He added: “They want to recruit in our schools because they have got a problem.

“Young people, who have been at the forefront of campaigning against these illegal and immoral wars, are not signing up in sufficient numbers.

“They have had a crisis in recruitment and by taking this step, by developing this campaign, we can add to that crisis, make it more difficult for this Government to launch an invasion alongside America of Iran and bring forward the day when we end the illegal occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq and bring all our troops home and safe to be back with their families and not in other people’s countries where they don’t belong.”

You can read the rest of the Left-wing lunacy here.  And do remember that these are the people teaching the up and coming generation of English students.  Please note, too, that these teachers are government employees, happy to take money from the same evil imperialist country they refuse to defend.

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  • SADIE

    Are they taking a page from the Berkley/SF handbook?

    It was once said, that if you wake an Englishman from his sleep, he will sound just like an American.

    Damn, if the humor did not come to fruition.

  • expat

    BW, this is OT, but related to education: You must read Sigmund, Carl, And Alfred’s latest post from the Jerusalem Times on raising children. It is wonderful.

  • Danny Lemieux

    God help us against the day that our warriors lay down their arms with a shrug and walk away from an ungrateful public.