Saturday, 20 June 2009

Caution: Nanny State Strikes Back

To PC or Not PC

Ah, every now and then, I stumble across a
news item which reminds me why schools in the UK are becoming increasingly irrational places to work in. Whilst, quite rightly, teachers are concerned about violence (directed towards them and their pupils), the focus on welfare is directed towards some more far out examples of Health and Safety. Take, for example, the following list of rules:
  • Wearing goggles to put up posters
  • Five-page briefing on the dangers of glue sticks
  • Ban on running in the playground
  • Wet grass stopping PE lessons
  • Ban on playing with conkers
  • One person at a time in staff kitchen
  • Ban on sweets because of choking risk
  • Buoyancy aids for capable year 11 swimmers on a school trip to France
Can you imagine what it's like to be nannied to the point of complete loss of freedom to think?

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