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"'You should step down!"

Discussion in 'Education news' started by Vince_Ulam, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    A thoughtful piece in TES News from teacher Michael Merrick and a video featuring an incident on Yale University campus, on the 5th November last year, to which the article refers:


    How schools are creating no-platforming cry-bullies

    'A toxic new phenomenon is hitting our universities and causing concern among the commentariat. It is the increasingly muscular determination of student culture to shut down viewpoints with which it disagrees, which usually breaks along lines defined by an evolving identity politics. With the no-platforming of individuals long-associated (in the minds of a certain generation) with free-speech and the challenging of social injustice, the situation has taken on a new urgency, with more and more sharpening their nibs and drafting the same conclusion: the kids are out of control.

    And since these students arrive at university following 13 years in the state education system, one is forced to consider the question: have we helped create this phenomenon?
    '

    (TES.com, 17th February 2016.)





    This all bears out something Peter Hitchens has drawn from his own rebellious days in education and which echoes something we all know intuitively - if as a young person you push against authority and find no resistance then you continue to push until you get everything you want to the detriment of others.
     
  2. drek

    drek Star commenter

    What exactly is his crime? What has he got to apologise for? They are coming across as spoilt kids rather than young adults with a real grievance!
     

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