And therein lies the devastating irony: the welfare state does save millions from a life of financial poverty, but in doing so, it necessarily subjects people to a life devoid of value.
Snuffy's India posts are all worth reading, as they point out—extraordinarily starkly—the difference between pecuniary and moral poverty.
My heart sinks. I want to disappear under my chair in embarrassment. Not all education in Britain is like this! I want to shout. Not all of us are morons! Not all of our children waste their precious learning time recording with their phones (a skill they all know backwards) and then posting evidence of their wasted lives on a social networking site on which they all spend several hours everyday. And most importantly, not all of us teachers believe in this stupidity.
- Are We To Blame?
All I’m thinking is, something doesn’t quite fit here. I mean, I know what Indian kids are like in England. And so do all my fellow teachers, but somehow for the simplicity of today’s argument, they’ve conveniently forgotten what they know to be FACT. And then I also know, as do all my colleagues, that all of the Indians we’ve met over the last few days, in shops, at organized events, in schools, have been remarkably polite and well-brought up. What this man is saying, simply doesn’t make sense.
- Being Brainwashed
Because this is precisely the nonsense that is shoved down our throats in British schools everyday. Why do our children misbehave? Because they are poor. Why do we have chaos in our classrooms? Because our teachers are not good enough. This is the mantra. This is what we are constantly told. And only teachers who are brave enough will question it.
- The Necessity Of Poverty
Without poverty, real poverty, there can be no fear, no climb, no fight for survival. And without that, there can be no appreciation. The question is which is better? A country with starving uneducated children who cannot make a living and others who are given the opportunity to make that living, or a country where everyone is able to make a living, but few, if any, really live?
- Government Schools
The man with the two sons at university in the UK pipes up.
"Look, why would any critically-minded person want to work for the government unless they had to? It is the state! This means that everything has to be uniform across the country. All teachers must teach the same things in the same way. Mrs Green wants her freedom."
- Having A Heart Of Stone
As an Indian man told me today, when the rich man looks at the poor man, presumes he is unhappy in his poverty and cries for him, all he is doing is revealing his own unhappiness as he is in fact crying for himself.
- Good vs. Evil
For the first time my intellectual capacities are stretched by the curiosity of children in a school. In England, I have to think all of the time, but it is about how to overcome bad behaviour, how to engage children in lessons, how to inpsire other teachers, how to reject government policy, how to keep our school afloat. The children in England never make me use my brain through their curiosity to learn.
- The Privilege Of Poverty
I feel sorry for these boys. I feel sorry for them because they likely want to be footballers when they grow up. Their goals in life are likely to be utterly empty: to be rich, to have lots of gorgeous girlfriends, to be famous and to drive a very expensive car. I feel sorry for them because words like 'values', 'self-respect' and 'kindness' live in a foreign land, in a place they have never known.
- A Rose By Any Other Name
Isn't it funny that in a school where children are not only in control of their learning, but are desperate to learn, that they are called children, but in UK schools, where chaos reigns, where children utterly reject the privilege of having an education, we insist on calling them students?
One of the things that parents used to say was that we didn't realise how lucky we are in this country: it is true—we are lucky to be born into such a wealthy society. But all too many people take that luck for granted, and refuse to capitalise on it by actually, personally making an effort to make things even better—both for themselves and for others.
To a very great extent, this is down to the evil machinations of the politicos who now control such large swathes of our lives. The state does not provide us "cradle to grave" care, but "cradle to grave" oppression.
Nowhere is this more marketly evil than in the utter destruction of our education system. How dare any bastard politico wank on about how wonderful our education system is when a fifth of our pupils leave school—after nearly 12 years of formal state education—being unable to read or write?
How dare they harp on about the ever-increasing grades when we know—and they know—that children are leaving school more poorly educated than at any time in the last century? How dare they try to use the Charity Commission to destroy the last bastion of decent education in this country—to sacrifice the private schools on the altar of socialist dogma? How very dare they?
Schooling should not be about grades, or about politicos' egos: it should not be an achievement which some disgusting little cunt like Ed Balls can hang his tattered reputation off. It is about the children—about preparing them for life and giving them the ability to learn and the knowledge to know where to start.
All that we are equipping a huge number of these children for is a life of mental confusion and moral famine.
Those bastards in Westminster have the ruin of generations on their consciences—I hope that it is a weight that they can bear.