PETER HITCHENS: Is there no way to stop the secret brainwashing of the next generation?
I will always remember the day they took away the history books. My small boarding school, on a rain-lashed Devon hilltop, had until that day taught us about the glory and grandeur of English history. It was a story of courage, freedom and the defeat of foreign threats.
But these volumes, their pages soft from use, their illustrations in wistful black and white, were no longer acceptable. They were gathered up and carted off. Instead, we were given glossy, brightly-coloured replacements with larger print and supposedly exciting photographs of a brave new world.
Luckily for me, the change came just too late. I had already absorbed all the old stuff and I would never be able to regard the 1945 Labour Government as being as exciting or interesting as the Battle of Trafalgar. I thought then, as I think now, that this country had indeed had a Glorious Revolution in 1688. Significantly, it was about the same time that they began to inflict the ‘New Maths’ on us – but once again I had been lucky enough to learn my times tables by heart long before then.
A parent at Haberdashers’ Hatcham College, an ‘academy’ in South-East London, was concerned about what her teenage daughter was being taught. She found she had been exposed to all kinds of violent and dubious material, including politicised rap music
I should stress that this was a private school mainly attended by the sons of naval officers and prosperous farmers. I’d guess it was round about 1963. Yet even we, in that lost era, could not escape the rising flood of indoctrination which has been washing over British education ever since.
How deep and nasty that flood is we may never know. Its victims, the school pupils don’t know that they are the victims of propaganda, since they have no way of telling when they are being brainwashed. Parents only discover by accident what their children are being taught, then are refused permission to see what is going on. For, as we have learned in recent weeks, the level and nature of propaganda in schools is an official secret, as closely-guarded as our nuclear launch codes.
A parent at Haberdashers’ Hatcham College, an ‘academy’ in South-East London, was concerned about what her teenage daughter was being taught. She found she had been exposed to all kinds of violent and dubious material, including politicised rap music. An assembly was held to discuss ‘white privilege’, in which pupils were told that people perpetuated their privilege just by being white.
And of course (as usual) there was sex education which was more about spreading liberal immorality than anything else. The only unusual thing about this is the determination of the parents involved to find out the facts, and good luck to them.
How deep and nasty that flood is we may never know. Its victims, the school pupils don’t know that they are the victims of propaganda, since they have no way of telling when they are being brainwashed, writes Peter Hitchens (pictured)
Most parents have neither the time nor the energy to take this up, and many will reasonably worry that, if they make a fuss, their child will suffer in some way. Are they wrong to fear this?
From my correspondence over the years, I am pretty sure modern education, state and private alike, is filled with radical, politically correct propaganda. This includes the curriculum. And the effective nationalisation of all state schools by the ‘academy’ programme has if anything made them even more secretive than when they used to be run by local government.
This indoctrination works. If you go on social media and engage in debate on some subjects, especially illegal drugs or the sexual revolution, it is amazing how uniform and instant the response is to any conservative or Christian argument.
Someone has taught them to say these things. This conformism is combined with almost total ignorance of history, English literature or anything else worth knowing. The great thinker, academic and author CS Lewis used to ask ‘What do they teach them at these schools?’ I think we now have a pretty good idea, precisely because they won’t tell us.
Still blind to killers’ drug abuse
As we recently saw in Texas, most Americans miss the point about rampage killings. They are so anxious to blame gun laws, exclusively, that they actually suppress evidence that the killers are crazed by drug abuse, as the New York Times did over the Uvalde killer. They shockingly deleted accurate information that he was a marijuana user.
In Europe we have a similar problem, as governments and media are determined to blame Islamist terror, exclusively, for all such events.
So you probably won’t know that the alleged Oslo murderer, who is accused of killing two and wounding 21 others in the Norwegian capital, is on record as having mental problems (common in marijuana users) and has also been convicted for drug possession. As usual with such people it is very hard to see how his crime could possibly have helped any cause.
Yet the Oslo Police have said they consider the attack as ‘an act of extreme Islamist terrorism’.
When the authorities are in the grip of this sort of crazy misunderstanding, there is little hope that anything will be learned from such episodes. So they will keep happening.
Gosh, it’s long but Elvis film has a message
The new film about Elvis Presley lasted so many hours that my beard was visibly longer and bushier at the end of it than it had been at the beginning. Other members of the audience were actually brought meals on trays by cinema staff, to sustain them during the screening. I wouldn’t have been surprised if stretcher-bearers had been called before the end, to carry away the stunned and the exhausted.
Which is a pity, because we need to know about Elvis. Like the Beatles, he was as important as Lenin and Mao in overthrowing the existing order. Human behaviour, especially in Western countries, changed totally, especially in its attitudes towards sex and marriage, thanks to such people.
The world after Elvis was utterly different from the world before him. The crabby old Southern politicians and police chiefs who tried and failed to stop him or to control his concerts were pretty unlovely, but they instantly understood that this was a revolution.
But it wasn’t conscious on Elvis’s part. I don’t think he had much in the way of politics and as far as I know, he wasn’t exactly liberal in his views. I don’t think the Beatles or the Rolling Stones started out with any opinions, either, though they certainly developed them later. What was it that made girls scream and grab at Elvis’s pink suits? I’m not sure, though Frank Sinatra had the same effect on an earlier generation, and he was never accused of doing wild things with his hips, as far as I know. So did the Beatles, and they also are not famous for wiggling their pelvises. Yet the screaming and loss of control at their early concerts was so wild that nobody could hear what they were singing. My suspicion is that centuries of Christianity had more or less buried fierce passions that were well-known to the ancient Greeks and Romans.
And that somehow, maybe just in the curl of a lip or a surly scowl, or in some rediscovered combination of sounds, Sinatra, Presley and the others unlocked those passions again, so accidentally transforming the world. We will find out in time if our ancestors had good reasons for trying to keep such things under control, for the post-Elvis age has really only just begun.
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