Oonagh Keating. Updated February 10th, 2022
The new Commons Leader may be trying to convince people/himself that the public isn’t interested in Partygate, but when it’s even become a topic for a primary school writing exercise, he must surely acknowledge that there is some cut-through.
Year Six pupils in Welbeck Primary School in Nottingham wrote letters to MP Lillian Greenwood, concerning the rule-breaking and alleged rule-breaking in Downing Street, before photos of the children with their letters were posted to a now-deleted Twitter account.
One was shown in close-up.
It isn’t easy to read, but this is a significant part of the text.
This week in Year Six we have been looking at our aspirations and role models for the future.
We looked at famous leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama, and we have also looked at teachers and headteachers who are doing their part in keeping us happy, healthy and safe.
We also looked at people who we respect and disappointingly, our own Prime Minister has not made it onto this list.
During this past week I watched a story on BBC Newsround that stated our PM is under investigation for 12 parties that have apparently occurred – a few of which had over 100 people at them when we weren’t even allowed to meet more than two people.
What makes this matter worse is that when he was questioned about it in Parliament he said the following, “I have been reassured there was no party.” This is a lie.
According to the Daily Mail, the headteacher, Rebecca Gittins made this statement –
Year Six pupils watched recent coverage on Newsround about Downing Street and some of them asked to write to their local MP to share their views.
This lesson was linked to the English curriculum where children constructed letters using their skills to form arguments, assess evidence and develop their critical thinking.
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi had objects.
Teach children about politics – just don’t be nasty to the Tories | @Ruhawksley https://t.co/rpdtTx79wk
— The Independent (@Independent) February 10, 2022
He said –
“While there is a clear need for schools to address political issues in the classroom from time to time, this must not be done in a partisan way.”
“No school should be encouraging young people to pin their colors to a political mast.”
He wasn’t the only person feeling uncomfortable about developments – but his own stance was the cause of many people’s concern.
That’s one hell of a headline. When you defend a liar you don’t only have to become a liar yourself. It’s much, much worse than that. https://t.co/H1wCyxfbGX
— James Oh Brien (@mrjamesob) February 9, 2022
— Otto English (@Otto_English) February 9, 2022
We’re weeks away from school kids having to salute the leader before lessons https://t.co/VZIldNXfVj
— HappyToast ★ (@IamHappyToast) February 9, 2022
OH YES THEY SHOULD. https://t.co/FprXGWNfMQ
— Count Binface (@CountBinface) February 9, 2022
If you don’t want people to criticize your shltty behaviour, stop your shltty behaviour.
You can have that for free. No need to bother with focus groups.
Pupils shouldn’t be criticizing Boris Johnson in class, says education secretary https://t.co/RlzxW63xNq
— Awatha 😷 (@mudjokivis) February 9, 2022
This primary school letters story has a real “Emperors New Clothes” vibe. If you don’t want kids sending you complaints perhaps don’t support a leader who is so manifestly inadequate that even ten year olds can see it.
— Matt Green (@mattgreencomedy) February 9, 2022
In this episode of Normal Island, criticism of Boris Johnson by schoolchildren or former Tory MPs isn’t permitted pic.twitter.com/Vpqh5avVZk
— Toby Earle (@TobyonTV) February 10, 2022
‘Pupils should not be criticizing Boris Johnson as part of their coursework’ https://t.co/brP5ibHLsC
— Julien Hoez (@JulienHoez) February 9, 2022
As somebody who was a Liverpool school kid during the Thatcher years, I feel especially qualified in telling him to kick this up his own hoop. https://t.co/7J5wVDOce8
— Nick Pettigrew (@Nick_Pettigrew) February 9, 2022
Seems perfectly fine and in no way North Korea-y…. https://t.co/Eurta6EcLB
— Natasha Devon 🌈💙 (@_NatashaDevon) February 9, 2022
Why not? pic.twitter.com/OR1OAA1Lva
— Larry the Cat (@Number10cat) February 10, 2022
To sum up
Education Secretary against pupils developing critical thinking skills https://t.co/W4GUntRME4
— Toby Earle (@TobyonTV) February 9, 2022
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