Schools are being given advice on how to prevent pupils becoming drawn to violent extremism and terrorism.
Guidelines are being made available to primary and secondary schools in England to help them discuss the issues surrounding extremist views.
WHAT THE FUCK???!!?
Schools Secretary Ed Balls said schools could play a "key role" in getting young people to reject extremism.
Schools should have a named teacher to whom pupils can report any concerns of grooming by extremist groups.
Teachers should protect the well-being of pupils who may be vulnerable to being drawn to extremism, says the government's "Learning together to be safe" kit.
Really, I think I should just pack up my stuff and go for a drive in the countryside. Reading this kind of shit just isn't good for my health.
Mr Balls said: "Violent extremism influenced by Al-Qaeda currently poses the greatest security threat but other forms of extremism and hate- or race-based prejudice are also affecting our communities and causing alienation and disaffection amongst young people.
"The toolkit shows how education can be used to tackle all forms of extremism and build a stronger, safer society."
Mr Balls said a security response to terrorism was not enough and that the underlying issues must be addressed.
"Our goal must be to empower our young people to come together to expose violent extremists and reject cruelty and violence in whatever form it takes," he said.
OK, so we have the obligatory "Al-Qaeda" dogwhistle, but what's this "race-based prejudice" thing? Can you see what's coming?
And you just know this kind of crap is going to enjoy a major endorsement from some lefty cock-wobbler, don't you?
The National Union of Teachers welcomed the guidance, saying violent political groups presented a significant threat to large numbers of people.
Acting general secretary Christine Blower said: "Terrorist threats have to be tackled.
"It's worth remembering that groups such as those from the far right can pose intimidatory threats to their communities, as serious as those from al-Qaeda."
So, as I see it, what this is saying is:
- the government is spending your tax money to indoctrinate your children into a weltsanaschauung that is closely aligned to the New Labour orthodoxy
- political viewpoints that do not fit into this orthodoxy can and will be reported to the state by lickspittle lefty teachers
- right-on teachers think this is a fucking brilliant idea
Somehow I'm not convinced. This sounds to me like a combination of indoctrination by the state and a new Hitler Jugend. That, typically, has not worked out well in places it's been tried before.
We are SO fucked.
Update: Old Holborn has already had a go at this, which includes a link to the toolkit in question.
Update 2: The Daily Mash is spot on, as usual