Monday, 19 October 2015

Forcing children into mental straightjackets

"Teachers are to be issued guidelines detailling the words which are to be banned from the playground."

"Children as young as five are going to be admonished for using language that enforces gender stereotypes as new guidelines are sent to every school in England this Tuesday. "

"School students are no longer allowed to use sexist language to bait each other in the playground, such as "man up" and "go make me a sandwich", and head teachers are being urged to ensure that sexist language is taken as seriously as racist language. "

"In response, some schools are creating volunteer squads of girls to police sexist attitudes and report back to teachers." [That should help relations between the sexes !]

"Even low-level comments are potentially an issue with teachers using phrases such as ‘man up’."

"Schools are also being asked by the report to appoint senior teachers as 'gender champions', appointing them with the task of encouraging more girls to take traditionally 'male' subjects such as economics, computer science and physics at GCSE and A-level and more boys to take 'female' subjects such as English literature, foreign languages and psychology." [Male and female subjects: that language is sexist too, is it not ?]

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