Telling tales in school

“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!

8 Responses

  1. Andy Baxter says:

    am the only one who feels the hairs on my skin stand on end with the menace and sinister tone and message this promotes?

    that we are thought of and treated as milch cows by TPTB is now in print for all to see…..

    • david says:

      It is not that they wish to train milch cows that worries me, it is that they are attempting to recruit and train informants. That the political elite can turn a blind eye to such a practice speaks volumes about how they wish to control the population.

  2. Sue says:

    @Andy – No, you’re not, they have no business teaching our kids such things. They are paid to teach them FACTS not their version of what our responsibilities are.

    Many of us believe the tenet “No taxation without representation” and unless they teach that side of it too, it’s PROPAGANDA!

    “Citizenship (England, Wales and Scotland)” Not EU Citizenship then? Why aren’t they coming clean about EU membership and how much of their taxes will go there?

  3. Derek Buxton says:

    Yes, I recall a certain Adolf training children to spy on parents and every one else, sole purpose of Hitler Youth movement.

  4. Robin says:

    Well I keep informing the authorities about a certian class of people who are not paying taxes for the use of the infrastructure which you all pay for but thet dont want to know .

    So not paying taxes is morally right . TPTB condone it .

    • david says:

      “Well I keep informing the authorities about a certian class of people who are not paying taxes for the use of the infrastructure which you all pay for but thet dont want to know.”

      You are not a child – so your point is in relation to my post?

      • Robin says:

        The (perhaps oblique ) point is the authorities are both bullies and cowards .
        They take on as much powers as they can , but never apply existing powers , or powers that they feel will bring conflict with the likes of the EU .
        Consequently , the more you are in the System , the more they will monitor you . If you are outside their System they will leave you alone .

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