Monday, 16 November 2015

Democracy Given Vote of No Confidence

More illiteracy from the school this week as a fresh bout of much-lamented PSCHJKNE powerpoints hit classrooms. We've documented in the past the pointlessness and out-of-touch nature of citizenship lessons (see 'fire in a crowded theatre'), and the latest on Democracy (amongst other topics) have not failed to keep up with their predecessors.

[P.E Dant storms in and begins ranting, with some use of fruity language]

One of the first questions faced on the presentation had all the grammatical graces of a racially stereotyped Asian man, asking, "What we want to change?" The answer to which being 'the wording of that question'. The slide also said that, of these changes, —"Make a class list and display on or by the white board." This seems to say to display the list beside the whiteboard, lacking the clarity to reveal what they actually meant; by use of the whiteboard.

We won't even touch on their definition of Democracy, or the irony that it is a school - a designated autocracy - that is espousing the idea of democracy. The following slide asked: "—What different ways can a citizen implement change in society, within the law of the land?" Suggestions for the 'right' answers included "writing letters to your MP, Prime Minister, head of large corporations. Campaigns, Demonstrations; Pressure Groups; make a film". Whilst the majority of the suggestions are thankless tasks that usually come to no amicable end, there is no mention of using the media to enact change, which is increasingly more effective a means of reform, and more so than any of the suggestions the school have made. Then again, the school would know first hand how effective the media, including online media, can be.

On one of the slides, they genuinely use the saying "the pen is mightier than the sword". And then surely the keyboard is mightier than the phone? Perhaps the Head would think otherwise as he scythes down Year 7's for using the new scaffolding as makeshift monkey bars. 

Rather than spend precious seconds writing all the wrongs of the penultimate slide, we'll simply leave it below for you to marvel at, like a really disappointing 'Where's Wally?'

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