Teaching a lesson on bias today, I gave my pupils a copy of Philip Pullman’s article in Friday’s Times. I’d link to it, but…
They read it carefully, some with dawning expressions of horror, and afterward we discussed his point of view and what influence he might be trying to exert.
At the end of the lesson, I said, ‘And do you know what? I read that article on the Times website at lunchtime on Friday. By Friday evening, it had disappeared.’
‘Dude,’ said one of them, with a kind of appalled admiration; ‘Pullman’s right!’
[Another money-quote from the lesson today: ‘You’d think, if someone were going to be in government, they’d at least bother to have some brains.]
How is it that children barely out of nappies can understand the implications of this stuff, but the British people by and large cannot? What the hell?