Decline and Fall: No 9 in an occasional series

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…



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11 Responses to Decline and Fall: No 9 in an occasional series

  1. Malaga View says:

    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…

    Here’s going for the other 50% because I remember the good old days when all teachers were either:

    1) Males who couldn’t get a job so they taught
    2) Unmarried females with stronger beards than the men

    Ahh… those were the days…
    When men were men
    And females were just men in drag…

  2. Malaga View says:

    Was this feminisation responsible for getting doors put on the toilet cubicles in schools?

  3. JWGuest says:

    No risk of offending me. Primary schools are absurdly feminised, with gun games not being the only banned activity of a primarily male nature. Due to ‘elf ‘n’ safety, ball games, marbles and conkers have been pushed out of play times, surely leaving male pupils a lot less opportunities to blow off steam and therefore focus during lessons. The absurdly low rates of children leaving Primary School able to master the three ‘r’s leaves me in little doubt that in 90% of state schools it is just very expensive child-care.

    • Malaga View says:

      Me thinks its the kids looking after the adults grown ups teachers carers….

    • JWG and MV – thank you. And I so agree with JWG’s point about some state schools offering little more than (overly risk-assessed) child care. As does Malaga View, it seems!

  4. thespecialone says:

    There cannot be one little boy who didn’t play at being ‘soldiers’. Most of the females of my generation and that I know certainly want men to be men. That includes playing as soldiers when little boys. I have twin 5 yr old grandsons and last year bought them swords, shields and knights helmets. They love it and bash the hell out of each other. They do go too far sometimes and even I tell them to calm it down (the mother is a single and the father is not around). But boys will be boys and long may that be so.

  5. Rereke Whaakaro says:

    When I was at school, we used the index and second finger of our primary hand to form the shape of a gun, made kaaagh, kaaagh, sounds at each other as we hid behind objects in the playground.

    Occasionally, someone would get “hit” by an imaginary bullet, and fall over “dead” until a friend could get to them and “resurrect” them by a touch on the shoulder.

    As far as I can tell, I did not grow up to be a serial killer.

    • Welcome RW and thanks for your constructive comments here and elsewhere. I think the play you describe is probably universal and I’ve always been happy to act dead when a child pretend shoots me.

      Mind you, Mrs Time Traveller thinks I’m a special case as I’m always looking for an excuse to lie down.

  6. PeteM says:

    When my son was at nursery there waere loads of toys of varying types. No guns tho.

    Now, bearing in mind the children were 4 years old what do you think happened? They made guns from builoding bricks, used wooden toys with handles as rifles. I remember very clearly dropping him off at the door one day and one his friends already there rushed up and thrust a building brick gun he’d just made into his hand so they could commence whatever game they’d concocted.

    They also made a tent out of old curtaines and two chairs which was the hospital. The girls provided nursing facilities when the boys were “wounded”. He came to no harm. Neither did he caome to any harm whilts playing Doom, Wolfenstien and other shoot them up computer games. We don’t give children credit for learning and for being able to tell right from wrong.

    • “We don’t give children credit for learning and for being able to tell right from wrong”‘

      Pete, I couldn’t agree more. Good parenting and the freedom to make their own mistakes are the two best things we can give our kids.

      My kids disagree, of course – they’d prefer cash..

      Thanks to all for the comments!

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