Thursday, April 03, 2008

And now… 'EU Knowledge'

Not content with common agriculture, common fisheries, common currency, common airspace, etc., etc., the EU is intent on inculcating EU citizens with ‘common knowledge’. It is a manifest pity that this will not incorporate common sense.

To be specific, the EU is talking about the free movement of knowledge, but a few decades of operation will ensure that it amounts to the same thing, especially because it is being linked to the bloc’s competitiveness.

According to the heads of state and governments (Spring Summit, 14 March), this is to be the EU’s ‘fifth freedom’ - added to the four original principles of free movement of persons, capital, services and goods.

As part of the initiative, the EU has pledged to boost cross-border mobility of researchers, students, scientists and university teachers, as well as labour markets and work conditions for European researchers and further reforms in high education.

Pooling knowledge may be one of the more nebulous EU pursuits, and it is worth considering Plato on the matter, for he asserts that ‘the true lover of knowledge naturally strives for reality, and will not rest content with each set of particulars which opinion takes for reality, but soars with undimmed and unwearied passion till he grasps the nature of each thing as it is, with the mental faculty fitted to do so, that is, with the faculty which is akin to reality, and which approaches and unites with it, and begets intelligence and truth as children..’ (The Republic, Book VI).

If there is one thing of which Cranmer is certain, it is that the EU's concept of knowledge will be somewhat detached from the reality which is deemed by Plato to be an imperative. This 'EU knowledge' will be filtered and screened to determine what is acceptable, and so this knowledge shall formulate the zeitgeist and the EU's concept of the truth.

Cranmer has previously written of the development of ‘Euro education’, and he is not surprised to learn that this insidious agenda is gathering apace.

The EU is already providing funding and possibilities for student exchange programmes (which is little more than propaganda) but some countries are considered to be ‘falling behind on investment in education, research and development’ (ie, they are not sufficiently manipulating the minds of the most vulnerable by instilling them with knowledge of the inordinate and innumerable benefits of the EU project).

And it is the European Commission which has been asked to prepare an analysis of the issue.

It is sure to engage with the reality, and to be accurate, objective, and sensitive to the fundamental differences and divergences between the various educational philosophies of the member states.


Anonymous billy said...

Can 'Euro Education' really be any worse than what we have, Your Grace?

3 April 2008 at 08:35  
Anonymous hear o israel said...

your grace
easy mistake to make equating the free movement of somthing to mean quality . i have to ask the question have i been asked my thought on the content?? What if i found its content disagreeable???

what if, similar to the bournemouth taxi drivers i declined to take the test and was refused my licenense ???

now it appears we are being told what to think , a very concerning action indeed . Of course our euro state lovers will tell us its nothing to worry about and cite the improvements , but they will not appear to answer the question of legitamacy .

i am sure womeone has made a lot of money out of this and our tax money spent , i suspect bonn will have a key role as a lot of education stuff has come from there previously .

3 April 2008 at 14:09  
Anonymous nedsherry said...

The EU is the Soviet Union in a new guise. It is run by people like Mandelson whose uselessness is matched only by their self-importance. "We give orders, therefore we are." Bliar, as a vacuous narcissist, would be a perfect president.

3 April 2008 at 15:55  
Anonymous Sir Henry Morgan said...

Billy - yes, it can.

Have a read:


"BERLIN, July 30, 2007( - Booklets from a subsidiary of the German government's Ministry for Family Affairs encourage parents to sexually massage their children as young as 1 to 3 years of age. Two 40-page booklets entitled "Love, Body and Playing Doctor" by the German Federal Health Education Center (Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung - BZgA) are aimed at parents - the first addressing children from 1-3 and the other children from 4-6 years of age.

"Fathers do not devote enough attention to the clitoris and vagina of their daughters. Their caresses too seldom pertain to these regions, while this is the only way the girls can develop a sense of pride in their sex," reads the booklet regarding 1-3 year olds. The authors rationalize, "The child touches all parts of their father's body, sometimes arousing him. The father should do the same."

Canadian author and public speaker Michael O'Brien who has written and spoken extensively about the crisis of culture in the West spoke to about the shocking and extremely disturbing phenomenon. It is, he said, "State-encouraged incest, which in most civilized societies is a crime." The development is, he suggests, a natural outcome of the rejection of the Judeo-Christian moral order."

3 April 2008 at 15:55  
Anonymous billy said...

Well, Sir H, and who made tpuc " the voice for the people of the UK"?
That besides, why should I think that one German idea is representative of Euro education?

On the broader question of Europe I find myself slightly in favour. While I acknowledge little in common with the Latin races we haven't had to fight the Germans in a long while. My uncle died in the third week of Sept. '39, my mother was bombed out four times and my dad beat the Japanese all by himself.
I've served as a soldier and not had to go to war. My son doesn't face conscription so, overall, European unity seems a good idea to me. Let the politicians all keep playing on an ever larger stage. Maybe we will get beyond the idea of states eventually and address the basic needs of all humans.

3 April 2008 at 18:57  
Anonymous Sir Henry Morgan said...

Your choice Billy.

Well actually - it's not any of our choices is it - it's the EU's. We are no longer an independent country.

And anyway Billy, attacking the messenger is not an inadequate response to not liking the message. I've always found TPUC to be accurate in its reports. They are always sourced. Unlike, for examples, the Bible, Torah or Koran.

3 April 2008 at 19:51  
Anonymous billy said...

Hey Sir H,
No attack intended and no hate for the message although I don't care for it. I suspect that it will turn out to be a bit of nonsense. I doubt that the Germans have reached such depths. TPUC is just another web source that may, or may not, be accurate and, as I said, one German idea doesn't make European policy. There is much of British policy that I abhor and would hate the EU to take up.
I hope that one day we will all see one another as people and act towards each other accordingly. I also hope that will be in Christ and preferably not with the Bishop of Rome in charge.

3 April 2008 at 20:16  
Anonymous Sir Henry Morgan said...

's ok Billy, nothing for us to fall out over is it. I was a bit too quick off the mark there. I'll try being a little less touchy in future.

And you do have a point when you say our education system could hardly be worse. Have you ever tried talikng with a bunch of 15-16 yr olds? Their ignorance of just about everything is astounding. My local college does not do A-level Physics ... it does, however, do flower arranging.

I really don't know how we are going to get back into being a knowledgable society. My father spent most of his life as a labourer - but I swear he knew more, about more, than most recent school leavers you'll ever encounter.

3 April 2008 at 20:28  
Blogger Alfred the Ordinary said...

Your grace said "the free movement of knowledge"

Don't you mean the free movement of all knowledge that promotes the EU? I anticipate that no other knowledge will be allowed.

4 April 2008 at 03:11  
Anonymous Serf said...

What exactly was the thing that was stopping the free movement of knowledge.

I surf the web, I read magazines & Journals, I watch TV, I read books. I have attended a number of educational establishments and training seminars.

To the best of my knowledge, all of these are pretty much unrestricted. Nobody ever stopped me from doing any of these things on the basis that the knowledge was not suitable for people like me.

Once again, they set out to solve a probşlem that doesn't exist.

4 April 2008 at 12:31  
Anonymous Misha said...

Doubleplus ungood

4 April 2008 at 22:31  

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