I'll never get to know your name,
On a cold, dank day in Flanders' Fields,
Zero tolerance for sexism,
According to an article in yesterday's Daily Telegraph, an organisation called Education Scotland has recommended that Scottish teachers no longer refer to the concept of Fundamental British Values for fear that they might cause offence, to quote from the article: "...the concept of British values can cause offence and could play into the hands of groups who seek to assert that there is an inherent conflict between being British and being Muslim..." I have had thoughts fermenting in my hindbrain for a while on these values, so, I thought that I would use this article as a means of exploring and extending these thoughts.
There have been several reports this week of a speech given at the National Union of Teachers (N.U.T.) conference on the subject of Zero Tolerance Policies in schools; the subject was also debated on a episode of Channel Five's The Wright Stuff; this topic is of particular interest to me as I have recently changed my career and have been working in Pupil Referral Units (for anyone that isn't familiar with these, a Pupil Referral Unit is a specialist school for pupils that have been expelled from mainstream schools).