Schools are now for indoctrination, not education, as teaching of non-capitalist ideology is forbidden

Education secretary Gavin Williamson: he’s too stupid to realise the best way to get people interested in something is by banning it.

Boris Johnson’s government has lurched further towards fascism with an edict banning any anti-capitalist ideology from schools.

Any ideology other than capitalism is to be considered an “extreme political stance” from now on, according to guidance issued by the Department for Education and its secretary of state, Gavin Williamson.

Resources from organisations that have expressed a desire to end capitalism are henceforth to be considered equal to opposition to freedom of speech, anti-Semitism and endorsement of illegal activity.

As former shadow chancellor John McDonnell said, the measures effectively outlawed reference in schools to key events in British history, and symbolised growing authoritarianism within the governing Conservative party.

McDonnell said: “On this basis it will be illegal to refer to large tracts of British history and politics including the history of British socialism, the Labour Party and trade unionism, all of which have at different times advocated the abolition of capitalism.

“This is another step in the culture war and this drift towards extreme Conservative authoritarianism is gaining pace and should worry anyone who believes that democracy requires freedom of speech and an educated populace.”

Totalitarianism is nearer the mark.

Economist and former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said the guidance showed “how easy it is to lose a country, to slip surreptitiously into totalitarianism”.

He added: “Imagine an educational system that banned schools from enlisting into their curricula teaching resources dedicated to the writings of British writers like William Morris, Iris Murdoch, Thomas Paine even. Well, you don’t have to. Boris Johnson’s government has just instructed schools to do exactly that.”

Of course Mr Varoufakis will be among the first to be banned:

Critics of the new policy have come out in force.

Emyr Lewis added a few names to the list of banned authors: “We’ll have no more of your William Blake, your Shelley, your George Bernard Shaw, your D. H. Lawrence…”

And here’s mention of one highly notable person that the Tories ought to ban, if they’re serious:

This, from Jessica Simor QC, makes the point that the Tory government itself has broken its new guidance on multiple occasions:

How about this:

This makes the point in coarser terms:

Opinions of the Johnson government have been… frank:

Rohit K Dasgupta put it mildly, commenting on Tory racism: “Teachers: Rosie has 10 apples and gives Rashid 4. How many apples does Rosie have now? DfE: Stop that at once. This is straight up communism. Rashid has to prove he is a legal immigrant and can buy those apples.”

Then there’s this:

But there is an optimistic side to this. Here‘s Martin O’Neill:

Schools in England told not to use anti-capitalist material in teaching”. – My optimistic prediction is that this will backfire spectacularly. This government are creating a generation that will forever despise them and everything they represent.

And it is creating a generation that will want to know why alternatives to capitalism are being banned from schools.

This Writer certainly intends to put as much information about those alternatives into the public sphere as possible.

I’m happy to take suggestions too.

Source: Schools in England told not to use anti-capitalist material in teaching | Education | The Guardian

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3 thoughts on “Schools are now for indoctrination, not education, as teaching of non-capitalist ideology is forbidden

  1. Lucy Ross

    This controversial intervention of inhibbiting the true historical narrative of all aspects of the curriculum, should, in my opinion be judged possibly by Educational Advisors from top ranking sections of Academic Professors of recognisable excellent experience and an independent body without whom whose advice suggests a politcal stratedgy akin to authoritaritism indoctrinazation to the detremental development of the young student….

  2. Grey Swans

    Dear Vox Political,

    Capitalism did not exist til the bubonic plague destroyed the feudal system, where the mass of the people were owned, as serfs, by the men in the castle (who also owned their women and gave them away in marriage not needing their consent).

    Serfs were owned the same as livestock and land, and may have even had less rights than the beasts.

    Before the feudal system (1066 AD and all that), were all kinds of systems under some war lord or other, worldwide.

    All of these are not capitalist.

    Covid19 pandemic furlough is not capitalist, as government is paying firms the wages of staff (well up til end October).

    So how can kids learn about Celt and Saxon history. The history of Vikings (Danelaw). Our prehistoric old and new stone age ancestors.

    About our Roman occupation, run by the dictator Ceaser.

    About Greece Greek invention of democracy in an ancient society that in so many ways was not capitalist.

    And then in diversity, the various systems in Africa, Muslim history over Asia, Buddhist theocracies, Hindustan, The princes of the Sikhs, and Emperors of the orient.

  3. Hecuba

    Good fascist tories ordering schools not to teach so-called ‘anti capitalist history!’ Well this ensures Women’s Rights must not be taught neither must Women’s Herstory be taught or even horrors – the Womens’ Campaign for the Vote! All of which denounced men and their capitalist politics!

    So good old fascist tories repeating the same lies as their predecessors the Nazis! History is what the male dictators say is ‘his tory’!

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