Thoughtcrime: On Your Permanent Record, Kid
Daniel Hannan publishes a letter a UK primary school (!) teacher sent to parents announcing a field trip to a multicultural workshop. If the child doesn’t go, the teacher warns, a “Racial Discrimination” citation will be attached to their permanent education record. Can you imagine? These are little children. Hannah writes:
What is the single most depressing aspect of this letter? Is it the idea of labelling eight-year-olds racists? Is it the moronic conflation of religion and ethnicity? Is it the ugly grammar (“As such our expectations are that all children in years 4 to 6 attend school on Wednesday…”)? Is it the bullying tone? Is it the unconscionable choice of font? Is it that someone can write that way and yet hold a position of authority in a school?
Or is it this: that how ever many times prime ministers declare multi-culturalism to be a failed ideology, a petty, officious, bossy, self-righteous, self-serving, Leftist chunk of the public sector remains stuck in 1980?