Thursday, 15 August 2013

Head's hypocritical approach to "foul language"

As said in our previous article, our ex-leader Sludge was unceremoniously dumped off-site by SLT, after revealing his true identity. One of the reasons given for his exclusion was the use of swearing. However, the irony is that not so long ago, the Head defended an English lesson on the topic of one of the most infamous examples of foul language in modern times; Sachsgate.

The head is quoted as defending the lessons because:
"I think it is a totally appropriate thing to be doing. We are in the real world and children live in the real world. The unit is all about how people react to language and the limits of freedom of expression and this was a very famous snippet. It’s all about interpretation. It was a controlled assessment."

Yet can a 19 year old Sixth-former use foul language in a piece critical of the school? Does satire not belong in the real world? Are magazines such as Private Eye a figment of the imagination?

This story was carried in many newspapers, such as the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, the Evening Standard, and also featured on the Huffington Post. These are presumably the same Media companies who would be interested in Kinnan's story.

So, all in all, the Head's hypocrisy is astounding. Yet we must remember, this is the man who claims "every minute is a learning minute", then sends people home when they have the audacity to come in without a blazer.

DISCLAIMER: This Hampstead Trash article has been written to critique the actions of the governing bodies of the school. This is so student readers can hear both sides of the argument, and formulate their own opinions on matters pertaining to their education.