If I had more time, I’d write a longer a post to express the outrage – the complete and utter red-faced spitting outrage – that overcomes me when I read articles like the ones below, but thankfully, I’m fortunate enough to be able to spend the next few days doing something much more pleasant. However, I feel duty-bound to bring these two items of ‘news’ to your attention, and I apologise in advance for any outrage you may experience when you click on the links. If, after reading the two pieces, you DO NOT experience any outrage, I would be very interested to hear from you.
Here they are: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1263581/An-iPhone-spy-teacher-Pupils-told-email-secret-verdicts-staff-DURING-lessons.html and http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2010/apr/03/children-job-interviews-questions.
The Divine L said it best: all this is yet another example of adults’ desire to shake off the responsibility that comes with being adults. For whatever reason – fear / uncertainty / the worst kind of moral relativism – we no longer seem to want to impose our voice upon children, and instead we grant more power to their half-formed, inexperienced, infantile little squeaks. And we dare to call ourselves a nation that cares about the welfare of young people.