10th October 2011 at 19:14
The slogan of the Occupy Wall Street movement is probably the most poignant statement made by any campaign in my lifetime. It’s also a profoundly Marxist slogan. It has a clear understanding of class – scything through the muddle-headed thinking that divides working class from middle class by dubious divisions of cultural practice or by dividing ‘manual’ from ‘skilled’ labour. [continue/comment...]
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10th July 2012 at 22:30
Shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg has called for ‘Military Schools’in each region, and extensive expansion of military cadets in order to raise the aspirations of youth in poorer areas.
The policy idea is based on research by the think tank Respublica.
The report aims to raise social mobility, creating military accademies
‘Sponsored by the Armed Forces and delivered with and by the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Associations (RFCAs) using their practical experience and existing governance support, the schools would be located in those regions in areas with the greatest concentration of young people who are NEET (not in employment, education or training) or at risk of becoming NEET.’
This is not something that the Labour Party should be supporting, at all.
Young people who are, or who are at risk of becoming ‘NEET’, would have their prospects vastly improved by bringing back EMA, scrapping tuition fees, having propper aprenticehips and creating jobs.
Not by training working class youth to be fodder for imperial wars.
The report also claims that many young people involved in last years riots had special educational needs. If this was in any way a factor, then surely lack of help and screening by L.E.A’s are more to blame than the ‘workshy’ and ‘broken homes’ that have taken the blame thus far? I would also have to question the thinking and morality behind any proposals to propose training SEN kids specifically for war. [continue/comment...]
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