That’s right – the latest target for the Tory ‘divide and rule’ tactic is your friendly neighbourhood schoolteacher.
Right-wing newsrags like The Times and the Daily Mail have seized on an article by Calvin Robinson, himself a teacher, published on the Conservatives for Liberty website last August, if you can believe it.
“Our young people are being indoctrinated to a left-wing mentality from a very young age,” writes Mr Robinson.
“Pretty much throughout their entire educational career, young people are being trained into a lefty way of thinking. I’ve seen this first hand on too many occasions and it leaves me constantly concerned. Some of the behaviour I’ve seen from teachers is outright disgusting – a very evident bias not only in their teaching practices, but in the way they present their arguments.
“Most teachers take [an] approach along the lines of tolerance being a good thing, so long as you agree with their way of thinking.”
So tolerance is a bad thing according to Tory teachers like Mr Robinson, is it? That’s telling.
He went on to say that he had heard teachers agreeing with pupils that the possibility of ‘Leave’ winning the referendum was a bad thing – which tends to corroborate the interpretation that Mr Robinson is preaching intolerance. But a “lefty way of thinking”? No. The referendum decision was not split on political lines.
And on the day of the EU referendum result, he says he was told not to mention it because teachers were angry about the situation and many pupils were from Europe. He claims that this showed a lack of understanding of the ‘Leave’ argument – his ‘Leave’ argument at least – because he didn’t think it was about immigration. But that’s not the point. The point is that these kids were probably scared they were going to be uprooted from their homes and sent packing. As a teacher, perhaps Mr Robinson should have thought of that.
He writes: “What’s concerning is the censorship around any right-wing arguments and the evident bias towards left-wing arguments in schools, thus confirming the left=good, right=bad agenda. There is no balance.” But he has not provided any evidence of this, as the EU debate was not about left-wing or right-wing arguments.
“And schools will talk about (see: preach) how important tolerance is, but the moment you express an opinion that isn’t in line with their thinking, you’ll see how short lived their tolerance truly is.” Well, yes – but that only applies to their tolerance of intolerant views, from the evidence available.
Of course the right-wing press is trying to say that this perceived (but actually fictitious) bias towards the left then transferred itself from the EU referendum to the 2017 general election – that lefty teachers brainwashed their pupils (who were old enough to vote) into voting for Labour.
Is this borne out by the evidence?
Being influenced by a teacher wasn’t mentioned (unless it was in the ‘other’ category, in which case it was negligible).
This is just an attempt by Tories to deny the fact that they lost the trust of young people all by themselves, with their selfish policies and their greed.
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