Sunday, July 02, 2006

The EU proposes to take over Education

Cranmer has feared this for years. It has been hinted at, and the progress has been subtle, but now the full frontal attack has begun. The European Union has proposed that EU integration should become part of the National Curriculum, along with its unique understanding of ‘democracy’ and ‘cultural diversity’. The reality is that students in UK schools are already taught these things as a part of ‘Citizenship’, and for all its faults, it is mostly a balanced programme of rights and responsibilities (though the EU dimension is already appallingly one-sided). There is nothing to be opposed in the EU’s suggestion that students should master maths, other languages and technology, but Cranmer is baffled as to why Her Majesty’s Government is not considered competent to handle this.

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…

12 Comments:

Blogger Croydonian said...

A couple of quick off the cuff observations:

I have heard that there are some eurocrats who term 1914-1945 as the 'European Civil War', although I can't lay hands on a reference.

A euro curriculum sounds awfully French to me. As things stand, there isn't just a national curriculum in France, but also the idea that the same thing is taught on the same day across the entirety of France, including the DOM/TOMs. If 'la plume de ma tante' is the emblematic phrase for French learners in this country, you will be hard pushed to find a Frenchman who does not know the phrase 'nos ancetres les gauloises'. Perhaps things have changed in appearance, but I doubt in form.

2 July 2006 at 12:12  
Anonymous Rick said...

Super idea ! Let's first privatise all schools and make them feepaying on a means-tested scale.............then we can tell the EU that the National Curriculum does not apply in private schools and each and every board of governors must approve.

We should insist that all education - Ideological State Apparatus - is privatised throughout Europe

2 July 2006 at 12:53  
Anonymous Athenos said...

O no.... this Greek boy don't like the look of this. It'll wash over the whole Cyprus issue, and melt conflict into thin air.

2 July 2006 at 19:06  
Anonymous Ulster Man said...

This is no real surprise, and it's the sort of engineering that's been going on in Ulster for the past decade. All references to anything vaguely 'nationalistic' will be excised from textbooks, and children indoctrinated to 'love unity'...be it Irish or European.

The dangerous thing is that it works. Still, it's a surefire way of ensuring that Britain joins the euro in two generation's time.

3 July 2006 at 10:26  
Anonymous Ronny said...

hey im in that picture! im the tall red-haired guy in the back, yeh thats me, ron weasley. im on summer hols. finshed end of yr exams. divination was as stupid as ever. thats my yr in the pic. the grey haired guy is my head teacher, dumbledore. its an old pic. he died last summer. his funeral was... beautiful. i hate snape, the ******* .

3 July 2006 at 11:20  
Blogger tapestry said...

The propaganda aimed at schoolchildren is nothing new. You hear of students who made the mistake of advocating EU withdrawal in their exam papers being given the lowest grade - U - and so on.

The wonderful thing is that kids can smell a put up job when they see one, and the EU is more unpopular amongst young people than with the slower brained middle aged!

3 July 2006 at 12:46  
Blogger Sperestillan said...

It's like the Athenian Empire all over again.

3 July 2006 at 23:32  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Ronny,

Your picture appears to be freely available via google images, and I'm impressed that you somehow randomly found yourself on this blog.

Thank you for the update of the mortality rate among your former teachers. However, contribution on this blog is reserved strictly for the philosophically intelligent, theological astute, or the politically discerning and erudite. Your A-levels do not appear to have stretched you sufficiently in any of these areas.

Tata.

4 July 2006 at 11:34  
Anonymous person said...

ronny said...
im the tall red-haired guy in the back.

eh ronny...there is no red haired guy at the back!

5 July 2006 at 13:50  
Blogger Gloria said...

The EU will eventually be - perhaps already is - an out-and-out secularist institution. In which case it will become even more hostile to a powerful church that might obstruct it than to a marginal one such as the C of E, which will swallow everything it is told to, as it has so far.
Anglicans, Romans and Protestants should be making common cause.

8 July 2006 at 17:57  
Anonymous Rick said...

You cannot make common cause without having a common position..............Anglicans cannot even make common cause with its own congregations..................and if you read Article XIX

The visible Church of Christ is a congregation of faithful men,

and

XX. Of the Authority of the Church.
The Church hath power to decree Rites or Ceremonies, and authority in Controversies of Faith: and yet it is not lawful for the Church to ordain any thing that is contrary to God's Word written, neither may it so expound one place of Scripture, that it be repugnant to another. Wherefore, although the Church be a witness and a keeper of Holy Writ, yet, as it ought not to decree any thing against the same, so besides the same ought it not to enforce any thing to be believed for necessity of Salvation.

9 July 2006 at 22:19  
Anonymous Ronny and i.r said...

dear person

no red haired guy!!!! r u blind. ok maybe its strawberry blonde but come on, thats practically red, and anyway im still the tall guy in the back. wat do u know bout red haired people!!!! neways guys, summe hols r goin well at the Burrow, although percy still ain talkin to us. cranmer ur beard is stunning, dumbledore would have been very proud (sob sob).
dont worry bout the heat, dumbledore could handle it im sure you'll "survive". tee hee

so to actually talk bout this topic. i dont neccessarily think its a bad thing, EU is better than divination which is total pants. it will encourage kids to learn more about politics and then thjey can comment on cramner! and also it will revive general elections which hav been dead 4 the last few yrs. and croydonian wats wrong wid the french, i luv the french, they so french.

18 July 2006 at 10:30  

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