We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!
Într-un studiu dat publicităţii în ianuarie, cercetătorii de la Institutul Educaţiei — o organizaţie influentă în ce priveşte stabilirea politicii educaţionale a Marii Britanii — fac următoarea recomandare: nu-i învăţaţi pe copii să fie patriotici. Patriotismul e un obstacol nociv în calea dezvoltării facultăţilor critice ale cetăţeanului postmodern.
Patriotism should be avoided in school lessons because British history is “morally ambiguous”, a leading educational body recommends.
History and citizenship lessons should stick to the bare facts rather than encouraging loyalty to Britain when covering subjects such as the Second World War or the British Empire, the Institute of Education researchers said. Teachers should not instill pride in what they consider great moments of British history, as more shameful episodes could be downplayed or excluded.
The slave trade, imperialism and 20th century wars should be taught as controversial issues while students are deciding how they feel about their country, the report says.
The report criticises the current drive to use citizenship lessons as a way of promoting pride in being British and developing a sense of belonging. It said: “To love what is corrupt is itself corrupting, not least because it inclines us to ignore, forget, forgive or excuse the corruption. And there’s the rub for patriotism.
“Countries are morally ambiguous entities: they are what they are by virtue of their histories.”
“Are countries really appropriate objects of love? Loving things can be bad for us, for example when the things we love are morally corrupt. Since all national histories are at best morally ambiguous, it’s an open question whether citizens should love their countries.”
‘Don’t teach children patriotism’ — The Times
He’s a real Nowhere Man,
Sitting in his Nowhere Land,
Making all his nowhere plans
Ok, patriotismul corupe minţile tinere. Mai departe. Ce corupe minţile adulte? Să fie religia? Hm, e un subiect dificil. În Marea Britanie sînt o multitudine de religii. Aici e nevoie de o abordare mai nuanţată şi mai ales purificată de negativism. Puţin spirit creştin de toleranţă şi deschidere, încadrat într-un discurs generos de acţiune afirmativă, poate face miracole — vorba credinciosului. Şi cine să fie mai potrivit pentru acest misionarism delicat decît capul bisericii anglicane, arhiepiscopul de Canterbury. Dr. Rowan Williams e cel mai autorizat să le explice englezilor că a sosit timpul să integreze sharia în Magna Carta. Şi de ce nu, în Tatăl Nostru… dar toate la timpul lor.
In an interview on Radio 4 last Thursday, Rowan Williams said that the introduction of parts of Islamic law here would help to maintain social cohesion and seems unavoidable. Sharia courts exist already, he pointed out. We should “face up to the fact” that some British citizens do not relate to the British legal system, he said, and that Muslims should not have to choose between “the stark alternatives of cultural loyalty or state loyalty”.
What he went on to say was more astonishing. He explained to the interviewer, in his gentle, wordy way, that a lot of what is written on this confusing subject suggests “the ideal situation is one in which there is one law and only one law for everybody”. He went on: “That principle is an important pillar of our social identity as a western liberal democracy.” How true.
However, he continued: “It’s a misunderstanding to suppose that that means people don’t have other affiliations, other loyalties, which shape and dictate how they behave in society, and the law needs to take some account of that.”
Stuff like this is bad for the blood pressure, but I listened on. “An approach to law which simply said there is one law for everybody and that is all there is to be said . . . I think that’s a bit of a danger.”
Archbishop, you’ve committed treason — The Times
Als Gregor Samsa eines Morgens aus unruhigen Träumen erwachte, fand er sich in seinem Bett zu einem ungeheueren Ungeziefer verwandelt.
Aşa începe Metamorfoza lui Franz Kafka. Un comis voiajor pe nume Gregor Samsa se trezeşte într-o dimineaţă transformat inexplicabil într-o creatură dezgustătoare.
As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.
Metamorfoza unei naţiuni durează ceva mai mult. După 14 secole de existenţă, englezilor li se comunică de 25 de ani, pe toate canalele posibile, că sînt un produs istoric expirat. Păcatul lor e capital — sînt englezi, un popor creştin într-o ţară cu istorie şi tradiţii vechi. Remedierea acestei stări de fapt ruşinoase nu poate fi decît drastică. E nevoie de o metamorfoză completă. Patriotismul trebuie interzis şi creştinismul tolerat doar în măsura în care primeşte botezul islamic. Forma noii creaturi gindite de kafkienii europeni e vag definită, însă direcţia schimbării e ferm proiectată. E vorba despre transformarea unui popor dintr-o ţară, într-o populaţie pe un teritoriu.
Într-un ultim act de metamorfoză, Gregor Samsa a părăsit ficţiunea şi călătoreşte pe tot continentul. Într-o zi va ajunge şi în România.
Reacţii la declaraţiile arhiepiscopului de Canterbury
Western society has its faults, as we all know, and as the islamists themselves never tire of pointing out. But personally speaking, they are faults that I can live with. Islam, on the other hand, has faults that I cannot live with and I won’t live with under any circumstances, and a lot of people in this country feel exactly the same way.
Ok, I think you wanted me to talk about Europe and the threat of islamization. And the problem really isn’t Islam or Moslems, because they are just taking advantage of a European weakness… and what that is: it’s a lack of civilizational confidence. Moslems have it, Europeans don’t. They do not have a confidence in their own civilization.