The ‘forming’ of young minds

“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

“People would never be convinced about the value of being a member of the EU if we do not start early enough with the young people, before they form prejudices and are misinformed by sources.”

EU Official, Teachers Trade Fair – Birmingham, 2010

The Express writes that Philip Davies raised concerns with Michael Gove about the influence the EU has in promoting itself within our education system. The Express report would have us believe that Gove threw up his hands in ‘shock-horror’ that such a thing was happening, yet surely as Secretary of State for Education he must have known about this? It is also noted that a politician with great responsibility, one supposedly renowned for a grasp of his brief, was ‘unaware’ of the video highlighted. Why?

That Hansard and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office can develop a ‘toolkit’ for teachers – for use in our schools – and the Secretary of State for Education knew nothing about it stretches incredulity to unbelievable limits.

Yet again, just saying…………



7 Responses

  1. Andy Baxter says:

    all of the malaise we colelctively as a group of liekminded individuals identify and have the opportunity to discuss on forums like this and EURef bear an uncanny resembalnce to the blueprint for totalitarian control as espoused by Orwell in “Animal Farm” and “1984”…..

    just saying….

    • david says:


      Off-topic: I see the phrase ‘just saying’ and variations seem to be ‘catching on’…………

  2. Robin says:

    Without even tabbing onto your links, I have to reiterate past comments about the closed shop mentality of the education system , one part of the Powers That Be that formulate policies for years to come .
    On the blogs you are allied to there is plenty of discussion about the politicians , but a dearth of thought about the others who plan ,regulate and moniter our lives .

    • david says:

      Robin, with good reason when discussing the working of Direct Democracy.

      I fully accept that civil servants/bureaucrats have great influence, however on the basis that any desire they may have in respect of ‘governance’ has to pass through the parliamentary process, I can but repeat that their wings will be clipped under DD. What would be the point in ‘pushing’ something when they know that it may well be ‘shot down in flames’ by the people?

      Simplistic? I don’t believe so.

      • Robin says:

        Unfortunately I dont think many people know what they are pushing for or that they are even pushing for something that can be shot at .
        Without openess in all government (bar defence & security)there will never be true democracy .
        Who reads your letters first that you send to a minister ?
        Does the minister even read them ? How come you get a reply , and who drafted it ?

  3. Sue says:

    I have already decided that my grandchildren’s historical and political tuition will be defined by me. My grand-daughter is 5 and is already aware that Cameron is an idiot and the EU are evil.

    • david says:

      That’s the ticket – get’em while their young – before they form prejudices and are misinformed……………… 🙂

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