Gavin Williamson, the dunderheaded education secretary who illegally scrapped dozens of legal rights for children, is attacking them again.
This time he’s telling us that long periods in lockdown have “inevitably” turned our children feral, and they need to have hefty amounts of discipline whacked into them now that schools are open again.
(When I say “whacked”, I should stress that he’s not actually promoting a return to physical punishments – although I wouldn’t put it past him and our government of weirdo fascists.)
I see no evidence in support of Williamson’s claim. Indeed, information he has provided himself suggests that kids in lockdown have settled down to the different routine of remote schooling via the internet.
“Technology has been invaluable keeping children learning during lockdowns and we support its use,” he said.
Unfortunately, in the very same breath, he demanded that technology is a disruptive influence and that mobile phones should be banned from schools.
He’s actually trying to do something clever here – supporting a lie with a truth. But we can all see through it – can’t we?
This Writer’s personal opinion is that mobile phones shouldn’t be allowed in classrooms. If kids insist on bringing them in, teachers should keep a list of those who have them, and should collect them in the morning and give them back at the end of the school day.
It would be too easy to use internet-enabled mobiles to cheat – and that would undermine the point of going to school.
The points about cyberbullying and inappropriate use of social media are, on balance, also fair:
Mr Williamson has made banning mobile phones in schools a key part of his plan, saying they not only distract from “exercise and good old-fashioned play” but also foment cyber bullying and the inappropriate use of social media.
But he has produced no evidence to suggest that possession of a mobile phone, use of it as an education tool during lockdown, or indeed being forced to stay at home at all have eroded discipline in children.
Indeed, if our kids have buckled down and studied at home, without a teacher standing over them, that tends to indicate that they have employed self-discipline. Doesn’t it?
Also, he hasn’t provided any information about the kind of discipline he intends to impose. Is he advocating the conversion of our schools into training grounds for some kind of imposed fascism – the “Johnson Youth”?
The backlash has started:
Gavin Williamson has spent a year failing school children, messing them about, changing the rules, struggling to get a grip. A simple apology would suffice, perhaps a resignation, but instead Gavin has gone with ‘their behaviour is slipping let’s take their mobile phones’. pic.twitter.com/nyDVes5cSs
— Cllr Leo Montague (@LeoMontague91) April 6, 2021
So Gavin Williamson reckons depriving children of an education, meeting their friends, getting exercise, playing sports for the most part of 12 months has led kids to lose “discipline and order” 🤔
What department is he minister of again ……
— Mr Goose (@MrGoose59899263) April 6, 2021
Tinfoil hat: no phones means no cameras to record the shitshow. They learned from last time?
— notthatkate (she/her) (@notthatkate) April 7, 2021
Gavin Williamson says children have lost “discipline and order” during lockdown – as he launches a ‘behaviour crackdown’ on children. This is disgusting. What our kids have had to endure over the past year is beyond acceptable and then he has the bare-faced cheek to say this. pic.twitter.com/LkTuyf0vhu
— James Melville 🌸 (@JamesMelville) April 6, 2021
From front page of tomorrow’s Tele: a new low for Gavin Williamson. The lack of structure wasn’t inevitable – eg the Observer & others were calling for a free national programme of outdoor summer activities – it was a political choice, by a government who couldn’t be bothered. pic.twitter.com/pCnAjOotmI
— Sonia Sodha (@soniasodha) April 6, 2021
Last word: It has been alleged that Williamson’s discipline drive is a retaliation against kids who criticised him for policies like his stupid algorithm-based plan to replace exam marks, that automatically assumed that state school pupils would not achieve results as high as those who were privately-educated…
lmao when some kids call Gavin Williamson out on his ridiculous behaviour and his actions that have disadvantaged thousands of children, he goes ahead and writes an article on how children have “lost discipline”. Classic Gavin. Typical Tory.
— Hi! I’m a shouty man! (@IamAShoutyMan) April 7, 2021
Can anybody provide evidence to support this? I haven’t seen any.
But you have to admit, based on his behaviour, it rings true.
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