The Daily Telegraph reports that a Warwickshire primary school has reprimanded two seven year-old boys for playing at being soldiers. According to the article:
Teachers broke up the imaginary classroom shoot-out and contacted the youngsters’ parents, warning them that such behaviour would not be tolerated.
The reference to the ‘classroom shoot-out’ is not expanded upon and it is possible, I suppose, that the boys were playing during a lesson – but in that case, I would assume that they would have been reprimanded for general misbehaviour.
But the boys were almost certainly playing during a break. The article goes on to cite an Ofsted report that criticised the pupils’ lack of freedom to play and which suggested that teachers should make it easier to play outside. And in its feeble attempts to justify its behaviour, the school makes no mention of an interruption to lessons:
The school … said the gun gestures were “unacceptable” and were not permitted at school
The issue here was about hand gestures being made in the shape of a gun towards members of staff which is understandably unacceptable…
Anybody who is not robust enough to cope with the perfectly natural enthusiasms of a child’s play should not be encouraged to be anywhere near children, let alone teaching them.
The Littlejohn tendency accuses the teacher and her equally precious school of ‘political correctness gone mad’ but this is not political correctness; it is a symptom of the systemic stupidity and arrogance that has descended over so much of our state sector where the so-called ‘progressives’ have abandoned commonsense and rationality to pursue their joyless idealism.
This sort of story has become commonplace over the past few years. When teachers stoop so low that they will bully small children for behaviour that well-adjusted people know to be entirely normal and unharmful, it really is time to consider what has gone so wrong with British society.
At the risk of offending 50% of my readers, I would suggest a good start may be to question the role that the almost total feminisation of our primary schools has played…