Thursday, October 07, 2010

Maybe There Won't Always Be an England

As reported in the September 23rd Daily Mail (U.K.):
Three-year-olds being labelled bigots by teachers as 250,000 children accused of racism

Teachers are being forced to report children as young as three to the authorities for using alleged "racist" language, it was claimed last night.

Munira Mirza, a senior advisor to London Mayor Boris Johnson, said schools were being made to spy on nursery age youngsters by the Race Relations Act 2000.

More than a quarter of a million children have been accused of racism since it became law, she said.

Writing in Prospect magazine [subscription-only], she said: "The more we seek to measure racism, the more it seems to grow.

"Teachers are now required to report incidents of racist abuse among children as young as three to local authorities, resulting in a massive increase of cases and reinforcing the perception that we need an army of experts to manage race relations from cradle to grave."
See also the September 28th Daily Mail (U.K.):
Official figures just published show that ten successful legal claims are being mounted every week in schools, with parents and pupils often gaining hefty cash payouts as a result of threats to sue over even the most minor grievances. In one case, a Doncaster pupil was awarded £2,000 after being exposed to bright light during a ­science experiment. In another case, a Surrey pupil was awarded £29,000 after he said he had suffered burns from sitting on a hot radiator.

Altogether, £2.25 million was dished out last year to meet compensation demands in schools -- money that would have been far better spent in the classroom.
(via ShrinkWrapped)

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