“And what is a good citizen? Simply one who never says, does or thinks anything that is unusual. Schools are maintained in order to bring this uniformity up to the highest possible point. A school is a hopper into which children are heaved while they are still young and tender; therein they are pressed into certain standard shapes and covered from head to heels with official rubber-stamps.” H.L.Mencken.
Christopher Hope, writing in the Daily Telegraph, reports that school children are being encouraged by HM Revenue and Customs to tell their teachers if they know of anyone “in their local area” who is not paying their fair share of tax. Note that the HMRC page Tax Matters in the Classroom can be found here – and the section to which the Daily Telegraph refers, here.
Ignoring for the moment whether it is the job of the education system to teach something which should surely be covered by parents, the idea that the Inland Revenue and the Education Department are colluding with the aim of asking children to ‘inform’ on their elders smacks of practices carried out by Communist states of old. It is not stretching credulity to also consider this ‘programme’ as yet another attempt at social engineering by the political class. Politicians inform us that they are doing everything they can to raise educational standards – but are they? Is it not a fact that by under-educating our young they are but ensuring a ready supply of unthinking, unaware voting fodder for future general elections? One could be forgiven for thinking that that last sentence was a ‘goven’.
This entire matter ‘stinks’ – and the sooner it is dropped, the better!