The EU proposes to take over Education
Frankly, if health and education become an EU competence, there will be absolutely no need for national governments. The Conservative Party has described the idea as ‘pernicious’. It may be the beginning of a ‘euro-curriculum’ to forge what the European Commission regards as its ultimate goal - a common European identity. Controlling the education system is a classic strategy of a conqueror, mainly to ensure that its philosophies permeate future generations. History is invariably re-written, the truth is misrepresented and the nation’s history is subsumed to a larger world vision.
The Commission has already made significant inroads into the education system, under the guise of instilling a ‘European dimension’ in the schooling of all pupils. Provision is made for the creation of EU-approved cartoon strips, audiovisual presentations, pamphlets, ‘games’, magazines and booklets aimed at school children as young as five years old. Conservative Party Chairman, Francis Maude, confirmed as far back as 2000 that this was the first step ‘to creating a single EU curriculum’ (The Times, 7th August 2000, p1). One of the most insidious examples was a colouring book called Let’s Draw Europe Together, whose introduction made its purpose clear: ‘The title Let’s Draw Europe Together is intended as a call to school children as well as all of us to commit ourselves to achieving European unity.’ On the bottom of the page is a picture of an infant carrying a large EU banner and wearing a nappy emblazoned with the 12 stars of the EU flag. In further chapters, children are introduced to the many languages of the EU and are encouraged to translate a phrase into ten languages. There is, of course, nothing wrong in introducing 5 - 11 year olds to foreign languages, but the phrase they are asked to translate is the subtly indoctrinating ‘Europe, our future’, while their attention is deflected from the indoctrination by colouring cartoon characters.
This publication went on to describe what the EU does, with an agriculture section expounding the Union’s improvements and benefits, but telling nothing of the wastefulness and chaos of the CAP. Indeed, readers are completely misinformed about the effects of the CAP on food prices, and are told: ‘One of the first things the EEC did was to ensure the supply of foodstuffs to European consumers at reasonable prices.’ There were many such misleading statements and pictures in this publication, which culminated in the illustration of a young man kicking down a national frontier sign and erecting in its place a large EU flag. The spiritual battle was highlighted in the EU’s classroom publication ‘What Exactly is Europe?’, aimed at 11-14 year olds. In its table of religious affiliations, in the UK (which [as far as Cranmer is aware] still includes Northern Ireland) Protestants are amazingly numbered at nil. Yes, nil. Protestant affiliation is cleverly divided into Lutheran, Anglican and ‘Other’, in order to diminish the perception that Protestants have any sizeable presence in Europe at all. This is quite simply a continuation of the ‘divide and rule’ principle, in which no religion is shown in Europe as being anywhere near to challenging the authority and popularity of the Papacy. The table is clearly set out to give the impression that Roman Catholicism is numerically the ‘winning’ religion, and the one to which children should aspire to belong if they wish to be in the mainstream.
The Conservative Party’s spokesman for Higher Education, Boris Johnson MP, has stated that this education agenda is terrifyingly Orwellian. It would also be illegal under Section 407 of the 1996 Education Act which forbids primary school children being fed political propaganda of any sort, and requires that older pupils be given balanced views of controversial subjects, but maybe the European Commission considers itself above such inconveniences…