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SCHOOLS, UNIONS, YOUR KIDS AND THE FUTURE

For American readers who wouldn’t be familiar with it or him, UNITE is a union and is led by a fellow referred to as, “Red Len” and for good reason.
How about having a bust of Lenin on your desk?  Think that might be a clue? Ok, so now ya know if you didn’t before and are new.

Now I can understand any organization that wants to enroll more members.  Natural thing to do.
But til today I had not heard of a drive by a union to bring certain kinds of literature (call it what it is, propaganda) into the schools. 
I am not referring to pamphlets or info explaining why unions exist.  No, no.  This is taking things to a new and different level.
Take a look and see for yourself, see what you think.  For myself I must tell you, anything to do with unions is close and personal.  I had an experience once I won’t ever forget, and while even before that I didn’t care much for them, after the event, my hate grew beyond all way to express it.  Well on second thought I suppose I could have expressed it, but I’d be writing this from prison had I really expressed my true self at that time and place.  Was always sorry I didn’t do something but I was young and with not much experience.  A really frustrating thing is knowing other people know what you are saying and do not doubt you, but themselves are powerless for many reasons that have nothing to do with you, to do anything about it. 

So anyway .... I despise the bastards.  And that’s putting it pretty mildly.

Organize and learn how to protest.  Become ‘activists.’ And oh yes, make sure that business people are seen as evil exploiters of the masses.

The video Unite didn’t want you to see: Union produces film to ‘brainwash’ children with lessons in ‘strategies for public protest’

Pupils would learn how to make placards and fight plans for privatisation

Videos encourage children to defy school rules and question teachers

Unite has joined forces with teaching unions to get material into schools

Children are asked how to push the protest further in free online videos

Unite and production company do not want video published on this website

By TIM SHIPMAN and ANDREW LEVY

The Unite union has launched a campaign to teach children how to carry out militant protests.

Pupils could be given lessons through watching videos on how to make placards, oppose local businesses and fight plans for privatisation.

Videos have even been produced which encourage children to defy school rules.

But, despite the videos being freely available online, the production company that helped create them does not want their name published and Unite have refused to grant permission for it to be shown on the Mail Online.

(Which the Mail Online has done anyway and you may see the video at the link below)

The Mail Online has contacted both Unite and the production company to comment on why they do not want the video published here and are awaiting their response.

Unite – run by left-wing firebrand Len McCluskey – has joined forces with the main teaching unions the NUT, NAS/UWT and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers to get the material into schools.

Five videos teach ‘strategies for public protest’ and ‘how organised protest is an effective way of ensuring change takes place’.

The videos show a group of cartoon teenagers protesting against a fictitious company’s plans to ‘take over’ the town of Tethergo – an anagram for ‘together’ – and its ‘big plans to privatise the entire area’.

The children are shown campaigning to save a closure-threatened community centre from laughing businessmen. 

When they fail, lesson plans prepared by Unite urge teachers to think about how they might make protests more threatening.

Children are asked to think of ‘five things you could do to push the protest further.’

They are then urged to make their own placards and ‘consider emotive language used to write letters of complaint’.

Unite also recommends that ‘teachers may wish to create a display of finished protest placards’.

Incredibly, the union also wants children to undermine the authority of their head teachers.

Staff following Unite’s guidance should ask pupils to ‘Think of anything that is unfair in your school. Does anyone make the rules to suit themselves?’

One of the videos asks teachers to read out a quotation from Martin Niemoller – a German pastor who risked his life opposing Hitler.

Niemoller is famous for his poem which starts: ‘First they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist’ and includes the line, ‘Then they came for the trade unionists.’

Last night head teachers and Tory MPs described Unite’s plans as ‘reprehensible.’

Nigel Adams MP said: ‘This propaganda is almost North Korean. It might be acceptable in the schools of Pyongyang, but not in Britain.

‘These cack-handed attempts to pedal trade union ideology in schools would be funny if it wasn’t so dangerous.’

Mike Griffiths, head of Northampton School for Boys, said: ‘If anyone even remotely suggested it where I work they would get short shrift. The notion of encouraging children to undermine teachers is reprehensible.’

Peter Kent, head of Lawrence Sheriff School, a boys grammar school in Rugby, said he would only consider allowing the subject in lessons if it was balanced.

‘If it was part of a lesson about history and the teacher wanted to explore how people used public protest I can see a legitimate angle,’ he said.

‘But they would have to make sure it covered both sides of the argument with respect for authority figures.’

Christian May, spokesman for the Institute of Directors, denounced the negative depiction of businessmen.

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