Friday, July 14, 2006

'BNP members must not work as teachers,' union warns | the Daily Mail

I am cool with this, libertarian that I am, provided that communists and other totalitarians (e.g. New Labourites) are also excluded.

'BNP members must not work as teachers,' union warns | the Daily Mail

4 comments:

Matt said...

I have to say, much as it pains me, I agree with you.

In general, political persuasion shouldn't matter as long as when you're teaching you're being neutral. But in my experience the extreme find it hard to moderate their views in a way that is sufficient to provide a neutral view when it comes to things like History and English etc

Although saying that my old English teacher in college was an old labourite and a feminist and although the material was geared as such, it was still an informative and useful two years

Tom Paine said...

Scary, Matt. I was being ironic.

Matt said...

Heh. Irony. What's that all about. I know lots of people who believe this

Tom Paine said...

I bet you do. That's what comes of hanging around with Statists. I am surprised you didn't object to my bracketing New Labour with the Communists as "totalitarian", which was (although they have tendencies in that direction) a slight clue that I was joking.

But seriously, Matt, if you are going to fire teachers for their political beliefs, where do you draw the line? Whatever happened to freedom of thought? Whatever happened to "I disagree with what you say, but I will fight to the death for your right to say it?" Whatever happened to "Quis custodiet, ipsos custodes?". Assuming the commissar who makes the decision is not you or me, who can we trust to make it?

PS: If they fired all the Communists and New Labourites, as I ironically suggested in my post, who would be left to teach?