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UK School Bans Meat Products Because Climate Change

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The school has even asked parents to avoid including meat in packed lunches.

FOOD FIGHT 

Our children’s school has BANNED meat forever and we’re furious – they even told us to make vegetarian packed lunches

Alice Fuller

15:15, 12 Feb 2022

Updated: 16:23, 12 Feb 2022

PARENTS have blasted a school’s decision to go permanently “meat free”.

Students at Barrowford Primary School near Nelson, Lancashire, are only offered vegetarian dinners – and kids are also urged not to bring meat in their packed lunches.

The new rule was brought in last year, but a letter informing parents of the change was only sent out on Thursday. 

And while the school claims it has hasn’t received any complaints about its meals, Facebook is full of unhappy parents.

Mum Zoe Douglas is so seething at the situation she is even trying to transfer her children to a different school.

“It is a joke. I’m looking to move mine as I’ve had enough of that school,” she said.

“I think they forget that non-meat eaters and vegans have to take a lot of supplements. What supplements they getting instead at that school?

“Nothing, probably saving on food costs.”

Read more: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17631295/school-bans-meat-vegetarian-packed-lunches/

This isn’t the first time Barrowford has hit the headlines. A few years ago they were criticised for a “lack of structure”, over their policy of never reprimanding the children.

Inspectors slam primary school where there’s no such thing as a naughty child and teachers are banned from raising their voices – and give it Ofsted’s lowest possible rating

  • Barrowford Primary School in Lancashire branded ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted
  • Head teacher Rachel Tomlinson had banned punishments for children
  • School warned it could be put in special measures unless it improves 
  • Parents call for Ms Tomlinson to resign and complain over lack of structure

By JAYA NARAIN FOR THE DAILY MAIL

PUBLISHED: 23:59 AEDT, 25 September 2015 | UPDATED: 00:40 AEDT, 26 September 2015

A school which refuses to discipline misbehaving pupils saying there is no such thing as a naughty child has been handed the worst possible rating.

Then 355-pupil Barrowford Primary School has been told to improve or face action after it was branded ‘inadequate’ by Government inspectors.

The school has faced ridicule and condemnation after the head teacher ripped up the rule book and scrapped all punishments for bad pupils.

She also banned teachers from raising their voices insisted no child was ever to be considered naughty.

Traditional fixed times for playtime and lunch were also scrapped with the pupils deciding when they wanted to eat or have a break.

Read more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3249078/Inspectors-slam-primary-school-s-no-thing-naughty-child-teachers-banned-raising-voices-Ofsted-s-lowest-possible-rating.html

I’m guessing they’ve restored at least one rule – the kids are strongly discouraged from eating meat, in order to save the world from climate change.

My wife tells horror stories about her school in Britain. There were a few teachers who made an effort, but there were also time servers whose focus was on collecting their pension, who couldn’t have cared less about the kids.

I also heard another story, at a dinner lecture given by a head teacher of a deprived school who cared. She told us it didn’t matter how poor or deprived or uneducated the parents were, every one of them wanted the absolute best for their kids. She somehow managed to do her job, despite the 300 lengthy reports she had to complete every year, every one of which was attached to a narrow tranch of funding the school desperately needed.

A few months after the head teacher who cared gave her talk, she was fired. She had quietly transferred some money, not for her own gain, but to help the kids – she used some book budget money to buy the kids some sports equipment.

But she got caught. The tranches of money associated with those 300 useless time wasting reports were very strictly prescriptive on how that money should be spent. The head teacher’s attempt to exercise on the ground judgement infuriated the remote bureaucrats she answered to. The bureaucrats didn’t care that the head teacher was doing an amazing job, that the school in a deprived area was starting to rise up league tables, as growing student and teacher engagement started to bear fruit. All the bureaucrats cared about is the head teacher who challenged their authority by not following their strict guidelines to the letter. She had to go.

My impression of the state education system in Britain is pretty negative. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of teachers who make an effort, islands of excellence, head teachers who burn their life and health fighting off the bureaucrats, trying to do right by the kids in their charge.

There are also teachers who don’t care, who are too lazy or untalented to leave teaching and try to find a job they might enjoy, who linger on, wasting everyone’s time.

Its the third kind of teachers who frighten and horrify me – teachers who see the kids as toys, playthings for their deranged social engineering fantasies. Bad teachers with wild ideas, who thrive like a nasty fungus infection in a decaying education system which appears to actively discourage genuine compassion and effort.

I don’t know whether this is what is happening in Barrowford Primary. I have never been to the school, the closest I came to Barrowford Primary in person is a passing visit to the town, on a day trip driving around Lancashire, admiring the old buildings. But whatever is going wrong at Barrowford Primary, it has to stop.

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Tom Halla
February 15, 2022 2:06 pm

Public schools in East San Jose, California were fairly bad in the 1960’s and early 1970’s, when I was there. I can only imagine how bad schools have become, especially coming from a low base.

Curious George(@moudryj)
Reply to  Tom Halla
February 15, 2022 5:25 pm

Barrowford is very progressive. Very Californian.

Richard Page
Reply to  Tom Halla
February 16, 2022 5:08 am

Now here’s something that Eric seems to have missed in his article – this school is an Ashoka Changemaker School, one of many across the UK and about 300 internationally. I had a quick look at the website and it’s all about empathy, positive affirmation and turning the pupils into future ‘changemakers’. It’s all very new age hippy dippy and not one single word about education, attainment or even basic skills.

Richard Page
Reply to  Richard Page
February 16, 2022 7:47 am

The founder of the Ashoka schools is Bill Drayton (self styled ‘social entrepreneur’) from New York (not quite California) who set up an emissions trading scheme for the EPA in the Carter administration. It looks as though the Ashoka organisation was set up to cash in on the left-wing idea of AI/Robotic Slave workforce with us as idle lotus eaters who just sit around and positively affirm each other’s complete lack of skills and abilities. This is either a subtle form of child abuse or the worst form of social engineering aimed at the most vulnerable and least critical in society.

Vuk
February 15, 2022 2:11 pm

South Wales, UK. today at 6.30 am
One down, two to go
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Rod Evans
Reply to  Vuk
February 15, 2022 2:25 pm

Oh dear, how sad, never mind…..Windsor Davies

Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  Rod Evans
February 15, 2022 3:41 pm

The incomparable Windsor Davies.
I’m a teacher, and whenever the kids are chatting too much I put this picture up on my interactive whiteboard. The kids all shut up fairly sharpish (and they love it!)

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Matt Kiro
Reply to  Vuk
February 15, 2022 3:56 pm

If only there were two more left in the UK

Peta of Newark
Reply to  Vuk
February 15, 2022 6:11 pm

We do recognise Chinese steel…. in Wales of all places. sigh
(It obviously doesn’t ‘travel well’ or, stand up too good either)

And some really shonky welding, but, when you’re dealing with Shonky Shanghai Steel there’s nowt else can happen but Weally Wonky Weldy

Thank f**k it wasn’t part of a new gas pipeline
(‘new pipeline’ – what’s one of them you say)

andic
Reply to  Peta of Newark
February 17, 2022 6:33 am

I work in metals manufacturing, my talent and flair has lead me to run my own foundry in China, before that I was in Sheffield. Back then We suddenly had a massive issue with UT failures on railway axle forgings, grain size related. Coinciding exactly with the change from Austrian to Chinese billet, well it’s obvious the Chinese steel is crap right a lot of people said so? Nope the root cause was that the original supply was round cornered square which we had to forge into octagon and rounds the new supply was already round and we didn’t get the same reductions.
It’s easy to shoot your mouth off when you don’t know what you are talking about.

Andrew Lale
Reply to  andic
February 18, 2022 3:04 am

Can’t write proper English sentences, says he ran a whole foundry. Sure, why not.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Vuk
February 15, 2022 6:49 pm

Do I see Griff under there?
Monty Python would have him genuflecting to it as god pushed it over onto him

Ed Zuiderwijk
Reply to  Vuk
February 16, 2022 2:04 am

Who let the dogs out?

John Galt III
Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
February 16, 2022 7:13 am

Why not just ban all food. It took fossil fuel energy somewhere along the line to grow it, process it and transport it.

Andrew Lale
Reply to  John Galt III
February 18, 2022 3:05 am

Hey, that woman in Australia who only eats sunlight could give us lessons.

AWG
February 15, 2022 2:15 pm

This is the logical next step. For the past two years the people have obediently served the State by wearing a useless face covering and self-incarcerating. In the last year, the State demanded sovereignty over the individual by saying “we have the authority to inject anything into you, for as often as we want to, for as long as we want to” and most people agreed that they no longer had sovereignty over their own body and the State can perform medical experiments on them.

So now the next step. The State is telling their chattel what kinds of foods are permitted, and that the State has the authority to mandate malnutrition on its chattel. Predictably, the people will obediently comply.

How long before the people voluntarily board box cars to go to camp because the State tells them to do so.

Brad-DXT
Reply to  AWG
February 15, 2022 6:56 pm

You didn’t really think that it would stop with what kind of light bulb you could buy, did you?

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Brad-DXT
February 16, 2022 12:31 am

I never studied economics at school. Economics was always a fill-in subject at my school when doing higher education in the form of A-Levels (Advanced as opposed Ordinary level). One had to do three A-Level subjects, so one would chose Maths & English, say, but simply add in Economics to make up the three. However, I thought that using low energy light bulbs would make my energy bills go downwards, but they merely seem to be regularly increasing, which logically makes sense, as if the seller of that energy is getting less income from low-energy light-bulb usage, they have to maintain their profit margins for their shareholders!!! So I presume that when we’re all using low-energy products, we will see absolutely no change whatsoever in the size of our energy bills, except upwards of course!!!

pigs_in_space
Reply to  Brad-DXT
February 16, 2022 1:20 am

Too right!
I can no longer buy nice 230V halogen bayonet bulbs (which died fast if made in PRC!). So I am thnking of converting it all to 12V and repurposing car H4 ones. Even then they insist on selling me only 65W ones when I want 100W units.

Fortunately some helpful people still sell halogen strip types for outdoor lighting.
How long until some clueless jobsworth outlaws those too?

Nice thing about halogen U can put them behind a dimmer.You try that with those stoopid LED bulbs from PRC which only last a few months anyhow huh!

Scams have taken over where we like to choose our own lighting

ozspeaksup
Reply to  pigs_in_space
February 16, 2022 1:42 am

halogen get too damn HOT! the new yellow spectrum LED are rather good though and a decent brightness unlike those foul sloooow lightup original excuses for a bulb

Gerry, England
Reply to  pigs_in_space
February 16, 2022 5:43 am

I think they are already banning linear halogens used in floodlights. I use them in stage lights but I am not sure if they will still be allowed. And if not, is there a dimmable led replacement?

Pumpsump
Reply to  pigs_in_space
February 19, 2022 2:05 pm

I’m puzzled why LED lamps are such a big deal to some. Good ones work, cheap ones fail. Halogen strips can be replaced with ‘pineapple’ LED lamps, I prefer decent quality integrated LED floods, they last longer and are sealed better. Have replaced loads of crappy leaky rusty halogen floods over the years

Halogens BC/ES are pretty much gone. Some electrical suppliers might still have some stock, its still possible to buy little 25w candles, but they’re pretty ineffective. We fit predominantly integrated LED downlights & LED strip, I personally have installed several hundred of one manufacturer (who I won’t name) and had two failures in 3 years. You get what you pay for.

GU10 LED’s are more prone to fail due to poor heat dissipation, integrated units are more expensive to replace when they do finally pack up. Literally last week I stripped out poor quality 12V halogen lamp & holders which had burned out and scorched junction boxes, void insulation and caused crumbling plasterboard. Client was most pleased with LED replacements which are brighter and they were able to to select the colour temp they preferred.

LED dimming is a huge faff, its the main bugbear for sparks as you have to learn by experience which dimmers work with which LED manufacturer’s lights. Dimmers designed for pure loads like halogens and incans rarely work with LED’s, its just electronics. Not all LED’s are dimmable, though you can often workaround it. I advise clients not to have dimmers, just like 12v transformer halogens, its just introducing another component to fail.

Stage lighting is another ball game, where CRI/colour temp can be critical to the desired effect

Big up for quality LED lamps, thumbs down for cheap nasty PRC LED junk.

tonyb(@climatereason)
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Reply to  Brad-DXT
February 16, 2022 4:03 am

Brad

My information tells me that not all your light bulbs are Led’s. If you could just leave your details with the desk, a couple of our friendly educators will be round shortly to have a nice chat about saving the planet.

I am sure you won’t mind if we check your fridge and freezer for planet unfriendly products at the same time?

Presumably your electric car is on order?

tonyb

Brad-DXT
Reply to  tonyb
February 16, 2022 10:32 am

I sure hope the educators are dog and lead friendly. 😉

Ken Burnley
Reply to  Brad-DXT
February 16, 2022 5:40 am

We still use tungsten bulbs throughout our home – we are prepared to pay a little more on our electric bills to have warm, friendly, welcoming lighting. And we have enough bulbs in store to last our lifetimes!

AGWis Not Science
Reply to  Ken Burnley
February 16, 2022 12:44 pm

You must have a barn! That’s gotta require a lot of storage!

John the Econ
February 15, 2022 2:19 pm

Hard to believe that less than a century ago, these people used to run most of the civilized world, and eventually faced down the Nazis. Today, they’re afraid of cow farts.

Carbon King
Reply to  John the Econ
February 15, 2022 2:24 pm

Only the eco loon green blob – not the 99.99999% majority of sane citizens

John the Econ
Reply to  Carbon King
February 15, 2022 2:54 pm

If only. Brexit narrowly passed. Britain’s conservatives would be leftists here.

Quelgeek
Reply to  John the Econ
February 15, 2022 4:10 pm

Britain’s conservatives Tories would be leftists here.

There, fixed it.

Eugene S Conlin
Reply to  Quelgeek
February 16, 2022 2:21 am

Agreed Quelgeek, the Tory party (Conservative in name only) are certainly left of centre, especially under PM Carrie Johnson!

AGWis Not Science
Reply to  John the Econ
February 16, 2022 12:45 pm

In fairness he did say “sane” citizens…

Rod Evans
Reply to  John the Econ
February 15, 2022 2:33 pm

The lesson to the world is, no matter how good and how capable you were, if you let woke minded graduates of performing arts take over the reins, you will end up like the deenergised, dissatisfied ,food censored undernourished, unhappy, and cold citizens of the UK.

John the Econ
Reply to  Rod Evans
February 15, 2022 2:54 pm

It’s an example of how quickly socialism can destroy a society.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  John the Econ
February 16, 2022 12:33 am

All part of cancel-culture, a weapon of the Far-Left to exercise manipulation & control over the peasants, err sorry the people!!!

Richard Page
Reply to  John the Econ
February 16, 2022 7:53 am

Ah – it’s actually an American system. Schools like this, teaching the same bollox, are to be found all over the USA, Canada and Central America. So, good ol’ American know-how buggers things up again? (Ok that last bit was sarc)

Rud Istvan
February 15, 2022 2:42 pm

Did a bit of reading about this before commenting. The parents are furious. The headline coverage is VERY negative. Sure enough, the school head did it to ‘teach the children to do something about climate change’. She believes meat is bad for the environment. She does NOT know that methane potent GHG is completely bogus as discussed here just a few days ago. As posted on WUWT 8 years ago, methane absorption is almost completely covered by water vapor, so has essentially NO GHE.
She is also significantly overweight with purple hair. What an example to children. And, in 2015 her school also got the WORST possible rating, deficient in almost everything related to reading, writing, and arithmetic. Quite the school leader.

ResourceGuy
Reply to  Rud Istvan
February 15, 2022 3:05 pm

Power and position beat knowledge and facts more often than they should.

Thom
Reply to  Rud Istvan
February 15, 2022 3:41 pm

Sounds like a future Biden Education Department hire.

Curious George(@moudryj)
Reply to  Thom
February 15, 2022 5:28 pm

Very progressive. Nothing else required.

StephenP
Reply to  Rud Istvan
February 15, 2022 3:59 pm

How on earth did she manage to keep her job after the critical Ofsted report in 2015?
Teachers have been sacked for trivial offences.

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Eugene S Conlin
Reply to  StephenP
February 16, 2022 2:39 am

Not up to par/unfit for teaching (unfortunately not a sackable offence) so promoted to Head teacher/administrator 🙁 There are many children this side of the pond who are leaving state high school semi-literate and semi-numerate, many others do not reach that standard!

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Matt Kiro
Reply to  Rud Istvan
February 15, 2022 4:10 pm

Everywhere they they try to force all these vegetarian meals on the kids, 2/3rds of it end up in the trash. Kids just don’t like it. Pizza, Mac & Cheese, Chicken Nuggets, these are the staples of every kid Ive been around for the past 35 years. Sure there is some variety from family to family, but those three almost never fail. Of course parents try to get their kids to eat vegetables, but usually these are only 2 or 3 each kid likes, and they all seem to have different preferences.

Reply to  Matt Kiro
February 15, 2022 5:15 pm

Hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled cheese, FRENCH FRIES!

Craig from Oz
Reply to  writing observer
February 15, 2022 6:23 pm

You can get a lot of salad in a good hamburger. Not all, but they do exist.

beef, bacon, cheese, onion, lettuce, tomato, beetroot, pineapple.

Reasonable selection from the food groups. Only missing are groups are chocolate and beer. 🙂

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Craig from Oz
February 15, 2022 6:47 pm

You had me until pineapple
When I visited Oz 18 years ago I recall a beautiful fried egg on my burger

Put the pineapple in my bundaberg rum please

Rod Evans
Reply to  Pat from kerbob
February 15, 2022 11:43 pm

Different parts of the Anglosphere have their quaint modern food fixations.
I still can’t understand why spinach is put on everything in NZ even a full cooked breakfast???

Roger
Reply to  Rod Evans
February 16, 2022 4:48 am

Popeye is still popular on the TV?

joe
Reply to  Pat from kerbob
February 16, 2022 6:01 am

there was a place in ann arbor mi called blimpies. they had the same thing. fried egg on a burger. damn those were good.

Quilter52
Reply to  Matt Kiro
February 16, 2022 1:31 am

When we had runs on the supermarkets as people hoarded during the initial covid outbreak here in Australia, the only shelf that always had food on it was the vegetarian/vegan shelf. It was pretty clear that most of those in our neighborhood preferred to go hungry than eat that over processed cr@p using quite a few chemicals that are otherwise banned from human consumption. i have never understood why it advertises itself as tasing like meat. if you like meat, eat meat, not flavoured whatever it is. you want to be vegetarian/vegan go for it. Leave the meat to those of us with a still functioning brain,

ozspeaksup
Reply to  Matt Kiro
February 16, 2022 1:46 am

pizza mac n cheese n nuggets SHOULD be banned for any kid under 15
utterly devoid nutritionally , no wonder we have so many sluggish obese toddlers and young kids. damned lazy parents if they cant give kids real food, its cheaper than packet muck as well

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
Reply to  Rud Istvan
February 15, 2022 4:53 pm

Without meat, how are the poor students supposed to get an adequate source of zinc, essential for a strong immune system and Covid resistance?

Of the top 10 foods high in zinc, meat (especially red meat) and shellfish are 1st and 2nd. Dairy and eggs are 6th and 7th. Only “some” vegetables make the cut, but dark chocolate is a surprising zinc source.

MarkW
Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
February 15, 2022 5:38 pm

If the peons grow up weak and malnourished, they are easier to control.

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pigs_in_space
Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
February 16, 2022 1:27 am

YES, the French diet.
Fantastic, makes people live longer as do fermented products.
(Luc Montagnier RIP – a brilliant scientist)

Reply to  Rud Istvan
February 15, 2022 6:01 pm

I eat meat every meal 2-3 times a day!

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Rud Istvan
February 16, 2022 12:39 am

She is the kind of person who doesn’t give a rip what her views & actions do to her profession, she is only out for her own aggrandisement & to promote her own self-importance!!! She is a disgrace to her profession & is in need of retraining pronto!!!

garboard
February 15, 2022 2:50 pm

in 1960 in ann arbor i went to the U’s “ free school” . loosely based on summer hill i think . i was in the fifth grade . i hated it . i was used to real teachers who were functioning adults . i begged my parents to put me back in public school . they did and i ended up with a great teacher . thank you mrs briggs .

tommyboy
Reply to  garboard
February 15, 2022 3:29 pm

Mrs. Briggs would want you to exercise more care with capitalization.

Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  tommyboy
February 15, 2022 3:43 pm

“Capitalisation”

Richard Brimage
Reply to  Andrew Wilkins
February 15, 2022 4:21 pm

Z in The USA. S in Britain.

Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  Richard Brimage
February 15, 2022 4:41 pm

Yeah, but us Brits spelled it like it wos s’posed to be speaked, nnit.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Andrew Wilkins
February 16, 2022 12:51 am

You needed to finish that statement with, “Naaah wot Aaah mean!”.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Richard Brimage
February 16, 2022 12:49 am

Not so, my 1925 Pocket Oxford Dictionary spells the word with a Z!!! I suspect it is one of those situations where either S or Z may be used!!!

Roger
Reply to  Richard Brimage
February 16, 2022 4:50 am

No! The Oxford -ize is correct. The OED is the closest thing we have to an Academie Anglaise, though even that has sold itself to fashion recently.

Scissor
Reply to  garboard
February 15, 2022 5:05 pm

Did you go to Pioneer High School?

garboard
Reply to  Scissor
February 15, 2022 11:50 pm

by high school we were back in the boston area , and i got sent to a local prep school , followed by yale .

joe
Reply to  Scissor
February 16, 2022 6:15 am

i did.

joe
Reply to  garboard
February 16, 2022 6:10 am

i grew up in ann arbor. used to be a nice town. you still there?

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marlene
February 15, 2022 2:55 pm

Our freedoms are rapidly being destroyed by a “climate change” handcuff on one hand, and a vaccine mandate handcuff on the other. How much more loss will we take?  

pigs_in_space
Reply to  marlene
February 16, 2022 1:29 am

And a 3rd handcuff around both legs – ie. no choice who to vote for.

MarkW
Reply to  marlene
February 16, 2022 7:47 am

In order to deal with the crisis caused a bunch of truckers who disagree with him Canada’s Trudeau has invoked what’s known as the Emergencies act which gives him all kinds of powers without the bother of going through the legislature or the courts.

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/tucker-carlson-how-long-until-canadian-style-tyranny-comes-to-america

The author is a little over the top in how he describes what is going on, but the trend that he identifies is very bad.

ResourceGuy
February 15, 2022 3:07 pm

Choose wisely when fleeing on the boat to freedom.

Doonman
February 15, 2022 3:21 pm

Humans can not eat or digest grass directly. Cattle can. Therefore, eating cattle is an interim way to become vegetarian without avoiding meat.

Is the school suggesting that students should stop drinking milk and eating cheese as well? After all, if raising cattle is bad for the climate, then it doesn’t matter what the end product is.

Joao Martins
Reply to  Doonman
February 16, 2022 3:51 am

It is the reverse of what produced “mad cows disease”: trying to make an herbivore eat meat (proteins in their fodder replaced vegetable origin for cheaper products obtained by processing animal residues from slaughterhouses).

YES, the protein content is the same. But care should be take with what goes with it, the “impurites” in very small amounts which are not easy to separate. Human diseases are known for decades resulting from exclusive use of protein from vegetable (peas, faba beans). YES, the protein is there; but one must ask, what comes with it? And alsso what DOES NOT come with it…

February 15, 2022 3:25 pm

The entrepreneurial children will smuggle meat into the school inside hollowed out text books and sell it from the bathrooms,

gringojay
February 15, 2022 3:29 pm

At least somewhere somebody is going to get a steak.

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Shoki Kaneda
February 15, 2022 3:46 pm

“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, one by one.”
― Charles MacKay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds

Olen
February 15, 2022 3:52 pm

Pol Pot in Cambodia was a teacher and John Dillinger was a good child. This seems to be more about power and control than saving the world. Feeding children food they don’t want and turning them into brats who can barely read and do math is not meeting the needs of children.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  Olen
February 16, 2022 12:54 am

Like all mass-murdering Socialists he came from a well educated middle-class background, unless he managed to study in Paris on some kind of poor-kids scholarship!!!

Andrew Wilkins
February 15, 2022 3:55 pm

I’m a maths teacher in the UK. The majority of teachers are left-wing zealots who force their politics on the children.

I’ve been harangued in the staffroom for bringing in a copy of the Daily Telegraph; although multiple copies of the Graun are allowed.

I once worked with a History teacher who admitted to being a Marxist. She was putting up a display of famous women politicians who transformed UK politics. She had all sorts of lefty MPs up there, such as Diane Abott and Barbara Castle. I asked why she didn’t have a picture of Margaret Thatcher on the display, because as the first woman Prime Minister she was perhaps the most important female in UK political history. The History teacher shouted, “Because she was wrong!” and stomped off down the hallway.

The music teacher at the same school always arranged a school trip to Cuba and lectured the kids about what a socialist paradise it was and how the eeevil US had ruined the Cuban economy.

I get called all sorts of names in the staffroom because they know I’m right wing. I just laugh, which annoys the lefties even further.

What I never do is force my politics on the kids. I tell them to read around, watch the news, research on the internet, and make up their own minds.

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Alan the Brit
Reply to  Andrew Wilkins
February 16, 2022 12:58 am

My brother & sister-in-law once took a holiday to Cuba around 12 years ago, & they said it was wonderful, as it was like going back in time to the 1950s with all the old American cars in pretty good condition as the “climate” was good, but they also noted how poor everyone seemed to be, even the shopkeepers, but they never though of it as paradise!!!

MarkW
Reply to  Andrew Wilkins
February 16, 2022 7:50 am

The idea that Cuba’s economy was destroyed by the US refusing to trade with them, while every other country in the world continued to, is just one of those little lies socialists tell each other in order to avoid the dealing with the real cause of the collapse.

Andrew Wilkins
Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 17, 2022 5:23 am

Many thanks Eric. There are other teachers on the right of the political spectrum who just keep quiet. They are what people call the “Quiet Tories”.

February 15, 2022 4:01 pm

It’s time for students and parents to take some action.

Institute “Bring a juicy hamburger to school day”

Mixed in with ‘Fried chicken Mondays”, Pork and fried rice Tuesdays, Bologna Wednesdays, Beef Taco Thursdays…

Most importantly ‘Support fossil fuel Fridays’ by bringing barbecued meats!

Maybe parents can work out a schedule to running BBQs on the sidewalk outside of school grounds. Preferably upwind so the the teacher tyrant can smell crisping meat BBQ all day long.

Brad-DXT
Reply to  ATheoK
February 15, 2022 7:02 pm

Excuse me but around here it’s Taco Tuesday.

Reply to  Brad-DXT
February 16, 2022 12:58 pm

I’ll eat Birria tacos any day I can. Why restrict oneself to one day?

Jeff Labute
February 15, 2022 4:08 pm

It’s not so bad, after-all you can always eat bugs for protein, at least until they start protesting for bug rights,

Hasbeen
Reply to  Jeff Labute
February 15, 2022 10:34 pm

Yes, I have been wondering when insect sprays will be made illegal. They got rid of DDT, which saved millions from malaria.

They have managed to get banned, most of the selective herbicides that helped control noxious weeds & invasive species on farms.

Mike
February 15, 2022 4:09 pm

Yes there is no doubt. If I stop eating ham, the weather will get cooler…..
…and if I eat crickets, I should be able to part the red sea.

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markl
February 15, 2022 4:12 pm

Now they’re mandating what you can eat. What’s next? How can we allow so few people to control our lives to this extent?

michael hart
February 15, 2022 4:34 pm

The hill beside Barrowford, Pendle Hill, was the focus for some of the most famous witch trials in English history. Check out the Pendle Witches.

It seems the courts left some work incomplete.

Notanacademic
February 15, 2022 4:37 pm

I think the headteacher might have human spongiform encephalopathy (stupid cow disease)

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Right-Handed Shark
February 15, 2022 4:44 pm

Their website claims they practice “Whole Education”.. apparently “whole” doesn’t include the carbon cycle..

John Aqua
February 15, 2022 5:14 pm

How are they going to have their pudding if they can’t eat their meat?

Redge
Reply to  John Aqua
February 15, 2022 11:13 pm

What do they need pudding for?

These kids are bricks in the wall

February 15, 2022 5:39 pm

Well then let them eat cucumbers

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Pat from kerbob
February 15, 2022 6:41 pm

Pink Floyd had something to say about this 43 years ago.

Someone probably does need to thrash them within an inch of their lives.

Problem is some will like it

Roger
Reply to  Pat from kerbob
February 16, 2022 5:02 am

I don’t think Roger Waters had anything useful to contribute to the debate, ever.

Peta of Newark
February 15, 2022 6:52 pm

I’m of a very strong suspicion I’ve heard of this school before – from when I was a peasant just ‘a few miles’ up t’road from there.

There was two stories..
At whichever school, a regime was started where kids had their parentally-made packed lunches examined by the Food Stasi.
One hapless brat was found to have brought a Sausage Roll for his lunch – the hideously toxic thing was immediately confiscated

But this left the Brain-of-Britain teachers with a problem, what was the kid to eat for lunch.
So they supplied him with a ham sandwich.
(Think about it, compare the raw ingredients for each)

Then, at going-home time, re-united the kid with his sausage roll

Another episode concerned a school certainly in that part of the world, (where Cumbria meets Lancs)
The kids in class were, come 09:30 thereabouts, slumping over their desks and falling asleep
OhMyGod” exclaimed teachers, “these kids have come from such poor households their parents can’t afford to give them any breakfast

So off they scuttle to school canteen and return with plates of Cornflakes and Rice Crispies in order to nourish these patently malnourished kids

One really must wonder what planet these supposedly grown-up and educated folks came from because, it is in our genetic make-up that, if we become hungry, we actually become brighter and more alert.
(If we start falling asleep when hungry, it is A VERY REAL medical emergency)

When hungry, we wake up for the obvious reason that we are thus more able to seek out, chase and catch food should any come our way. Falling asleep when hungry is suicidal strategy

Even worse, it should have been obvious to the dimwits that the kids had had breakfast – breakfasts comprising exactly what they were giving out – processed/cooked starch, carbohydrate and refined sugar and it is THAT which was causing the kids to fall asleep.
The kids actually had had some very expensive breakfast before leaving home, Sugar Puffs and Coco Pops don’t come cheap.
But such are the joys of eating highly processed carbs, once you get to 2 hours later, an overpowering urge to take a Power Nap comes over you

As Rud pointed out, get a sight of that woman (from the Daily Mail link)
She is well on her way to full blown Type 2 diabetes and all sorts of ‘female cancers’, thereafter her bones (hips, legs & feet) will start crumbling then Type 3 Diabetes will kick in
It is already happening inside her bloated and brain-dead frame. Run any sort of Cognitive Skills Test on that woman and you WILL see the startings of dementia.

And we all recognise, from how she achieved her 5 minutes of fame.
i.e. the Magical Thinking = the belligerence, the set-in-her-ways, the futility of trying to get her to change her mind on anything.
IOW, Chronic, chemically induced, depression

Oh ” many folks will say “Stop insulting the woman, stop being a misogynistic, fattist & sexist pig-dog

How do you explain, in these Modern Times, that I’m only saying what her doctor has surely already told her, I’m trying to save her life.

Tell the kids, or their parents, to prepare ‘beef dripping sandwiches’ for their kids’ lunches – possibly flavoured up with (ideally) Bovril or Marmite but Vegemite will do at a push.
That way you get around the ban on meat and actually give the kids, especially the pre-teenage girls, what they should be eating.
Plenty salt also but the Marmite should supply that

Contrary to popular opinion, us humans are actually Lipivores – NOT = Carnivores
Then the kids will be naturally well-behaved and really will learn things from their time at school.
In which case, just the very presence of that grotesquely out of shape woman will be The Very Best Education they could get = how not to be like her, how not to get diabetes and how not to get Alzheimer’s
It really will save their lives

There you have it. If you see anyone ‘close’ to you (self included) start complaining about forgetting things or generally losing their marbles, suggest they get 3 tablespoons of Coconut Oil inside themselves daily along with a big phat Vitamin B (complex) pill.
seriously. just do it.

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Craig from Oz
February 15, 2022 7:02 pm

Education is a tricky thing. Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.

Broad brush strokes naturally, but the strong observation is that if you are actually good at your selected skill set you can usually get a lot further in life shopping in the Free Market.

Those who can’t excel in that environment often fall back into teaching. (Those who can’t excel but have better charisma fall into politics… probably… 😀 )

It is after all a reasonable thing. Kids don’t really need to be taught a lot as part of their education. So if you know more than the kids you are entrusted with then you are probably skilled enough.

So – again broad brush strokes – apart from the minority who want to teach because they believe children are the future, you tend to get a lot of people in teaching who would utterly fail to transfer any of their skills into the professional world.

Who are some of these people? Possible those who have a collection of Hobby Degrees and who have finally been forced to accept the government isn’t going to wipe out their student loan debt.

And which demographic tends to study Hobby Degrees? yes…

The other question is what actually is the role of children’s education?

Big question.

There are the simple knee jerk about the Three Rs – Reading, wRiting and antiRacism… I mean aRithmatic. The theory is this are the core building blocks that allow them function in society. Reading skills to understand the invoice, maths skills to realise you are being ripped off and writing skills to put in the letter of complain. Or something similar.

We also get the social subjects which are intended to inform the growing child of their place within their culture and the more STEM focus that starts to give them a target to apply the Three Rs in greater detail.

Unwritten is the brute force social interaction skills that are needed to teach the child that Mummy and Daddy are not going to look after you for ever and these are basically taught be artificially creating social density far beyond they would otherwise be expected to deal with and then only stepping in if physical injuries occur.

Basically, the thugs are showing that bullying gets results, the alphas realise they are better than their peers and everyone else learns to keep their head down least they attract attention.

Lets be honest, school can be brutal.

Then we get to the question of Higher Education.

The Narrative is the Universities are Vital for our Future. The people normally telling us this are the universities, cause (spoiler) they aren’t doing this for love and sunshine and have bills to pay just like everyone else.

Problem is if you remove STEM you are left with a huge mass of Hobby Degrees that offer very little to the community as a whole. Applied STEM could/should almost be considered a trade. You learn the skills needed to work in Engineering in the same way you would learn the skills needed to maintain a fleet of motor vehicles. Technical skill sets with – for the large part – objective answers to problems.

In my current Day Job there is a Grad Programme where fresh faced end products of the University System sit like glorified work experience kids and occasionally break things. They are NOT the next great thing that is going to lead us to greatness. They are 20 somethings with maybe 3 or 4 years experience and aging book theory.

(Think about it. Courses often revolve around text books. Text books need to be published. To publish someone needs to write down the current level of ‘correct’ understanding. If you are in a dynamic field by the time the text book is published and courses structured around it the data on the pages could be years out of date.)

For STEM fields the students would more than likely be better off being raised by Industry itself, and the only reason they are not is because Industry doesn’t have the time. So universities are accepted (or maybe tolerated) by industry in regards to STEM.

So, at best higher educations is pushing out STEM noobs who still need a lot more polishing before they are useful and at worse is making a circle of death of useless Hobby Degree types who fall back into teaching and further corrupt the long term education food chain.

Hard truth? Probably the only real role in society for Higher Education is to keep the unemployable out of the crowded youth job market for a bit longer.

Reply to  Craig from Oz
February 15, 2022 7:32 pm

School debts aren’t cancelled, they are transferred to tax payers.

MarkW
Reply to  Craig from Oz
February 16, 2022 7:53 am

I have to wonder about the intelligence of people who believe that anti-racism involves the claim that whites are evil and the cause of all problems.

observa
February 15, 2022 11:01 pm

You don’t get sorry wokeness oozing irony much better than this-
https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/distillery-boss-resigns-after-drug-video/ar-AATUBEp
What’s the shareholders’ problem? They think their workaholic CEO keeping an eye on the competition should have better work/life balance perhaps?

ozspeaksup
Reply to  observa
February 16, 2022 1:54 am

silly bugger shouldnt have paid at all and gone public himself

Ed Zuiderwijk
February 16, 2022 2:03 am

Stupidity is a sufficient explanation.

Kevin Stall
February 16, 2022 3:46 am

Yes, flying veg and fruit in from around the world is so much better than eating meat! So many of our food animals are raised on land not suitable for agriculture and feed is stocks not suitable for human consumption. And do these animal lovers really want to be responsible for the death of all these animals if not for food there is no reason to raise them or allow them to breed?

Reply to  Kevin Stall
February 16, 2022 2:19 pm

Much as a number of horse breeds face extinction in modern times because their tasks are no longer necessary.

A chicken farmer in America, Perdue, has been buying a lot of Television advertising time where they claim their chickens are better because they’re fed a strict vegetarian diet.

Apparently, the farmer ignores chickens being excellent insect eaters, i.e., carnivores. Given a choice between a grasshopper or cracked corn, they will take the grasshopper every time.

When my family raised chickens, they were notorious for harming other animals, including humans. People that wore sandals quickly learned chicken bites draw blood and chickens are aggressively persistent with the chicken running as fast as a human while simultaneously continuing to peck the injury they caused.

Roger
February 16, 2022 4:43 am

First she banned punishments. Then she banned meat. So what’s the punishment for taking a ham sandwich into school as lunch?

H.R.
Reply to  Roger
February 16, 2022 5:50 am

Hmmm… I think the kids have her checkmated on that one.

Patrick MJD
February 16, 2022 4:55 am

My wife tells horror stories about her school in Britain.”

Having been schooled in three different countries, England, Ireland and Belgium I can say without doubt Ireland was by far the worst. School dinners in England were pretty good IIRC.

OweninGA
February 16, 2022 5:35 am

Those who go into the education field tend to be the ones who couldn’t cut it in other walks of life. When I speak to students at the university I work at, I can usually pick the education majors out in about two sentences. They know all the jargon of the wokerati, but have no sense about life at all. Occasionally, I get pleasantly surprised by one who seems to have a decent head on their shoulders and I try to help them learn as much as possible. The others are already lost. Unfortunately the good ones usually only last 3-5 years in the classroom before they go do something else. The toxic leftist know-nothing environment at most schools drive them away – and I am in a fairly conservative area.

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H.R.
February 16, 2022 5:47 am

When sausages are made illegal, only criminals will have sausages.

Wait… maybe that was guns.

Richard Page
Reply to  H.R.
February 16, 2022 7:57 am

Don’t be silly, gun’s can’t have sausages.

Reply to  H.R.
February 16, 2022 3:15 pm

When sausages are made illegal, only criminals will have sausages.”

A self fulfilling statement.
By definition, if they have illegal sausage (spiced chopped or ground meat), they will be criminals.

Here in America, sausage is also cooked as patties, like hamburgers are cooked.

jacques serge Lemiere
February 16, 2022 10:50 pm

hey…. teachers and schools emits CO2..

jacques serge Lemiere
Reply to  jacques serge Lemiere
February 16, 2022 10:52 pm

or simply heating schools..

the idea is..”we know what is good for you”

Andrew Lale
February 18, 2022 3:01 am

Time to the pitchforks and burning torches out. Angry mob assemble!

wadelightly
February 27, 2022 4:51 pm

I feel bad for those kids. Their health will be impacted by the decision and not in a good way.

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