This video from Britain says about itself:
Why were peaceful protestors in Manchester slaughtered by British soldiers in what became knoen as Peterloo?
The Peterloo massacre was in 1819.
In the English elite school Eton, some people want Peterloo-style massacres in the twenty-first century.
From Lucy Sherriff’s blog in Britain:
Eton College‘s Exam Asks Boys To Justify The Army Shooting Protesters Dead
Posted: 24/05/2013 10:09 BST | Updated: 24/05/2013 16:10 BST
Eton College asked 13-year-old boys competing for a scholarship to pretend to be Prime Minister and justify the army shooting dead 25 protesters as a “necessary and moral” decision, it has emerged.
The public school set the question as part of an exam to win one of 14 King’s Scholarships, which is worth one tenth of Eton’s £10,689 termly fees.
The question, which was posed to students in 2011, tells the teenagers: “The government has deployed the Army to curb the protests. After two days the protests have been stopped but 25 protesters have been killed by the Army.
“You are the Prime Minister. Write the script for a speech to be broadcast to the nation in which you explain why employing the Army against violent protesters was the only option available to you and one which was both necessary and moral.” ….
The college, which Prince Harry and Prince William attended, charges more than £30,000 a year in fees.
Eton pupils sold scandalous stories to the Sun in the bar of a pub, court told. Reporter Jamie Pyatt ‘kept excellent sixth form contacts for years’ inside the £34,000-a-year school: here.
- Gove announces all 13-18 year olds to attend Eton (eveningharold.com)
There are so many other important, life-affirming questions to ask! I weep!
If there would have been not only this question, but also the question: “You are one of the anti-government demonstrators. Write a speech about why the army killing demonstrators is both unnecessary and immoral”; then there would have been a semblance of “impartiality”. Now, there clearly is not.
Surely the government has to make excuses for its own actions, and who cares about a few dead demonstrators — or Iraq? Who is Eton supposed to train — future Prime Ministers or demonstrators?
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‘Beat up strikers’ comment probed
MEDIA: Radio station LBC is being investigated after presenter Steve Allen told listeners to “beat up” striking Tube workers.
Mr Allen, 61, is said to have made the comment on air during his 4am to 6.30am LBC slot last month as London Underground staff were taking strike action against the forced night working.
Ofcom is investigating whether the remark was likely to “encourage or incite crime” after a complaint from a listener.
LBC said it did not comment on matters under investigation.
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Friday 8th December 2017
By Bernie Evans
WHEN news broke last August of an examination cheating scandal at top public schools Eton and Winchester, few in Britain had heard of pre-U exams. When the details of the cheating were revealed, it became clear that, in many independent schools, these examinations are taken instead of A-levels. As if the playing field wasn’t sufficiently uneven, many privately educated pupils are able to get their qualifications for entry to university by taking examinations which most teachers, let alone the public, didn’t know existed.
Why do so many so-called “elite” independent schools favour pre-U examinations in the first place?
It appears they were created in response to demands from private schools, because, presumably, they were not happy with the A-levels which the vast majority of sixth form students in the country take. Why? On the pre-U website, Winchester College recommends these examinations, as they “are very liberating for teachers.”
What we do know is that Cambridge Assessment International Education (CIE), which is part of Cambridge University, runs the pre-U exams and appoints the examiners, who just happen to often be independent school teachers, which explains why there was cheating this summer.
Winchester College was forced to suspend its head of history of art, according to the Guardian, “after allegations he gave students prior information on exam questions.” Similarly, the “deputy headmaster of academics” at Eton was forced to leave after questions were allegedly distributed to his students from the economics examination.
So many unanswered questions and so many doubts raised about the fairness of the education system, as if it wasn’t skewed enough already in favour of the wealthy. Never mind, here comes our trusted democratic parliamentary system to the rescue.
Yes, the Commons select committee on education invited the head of Eton, a director of Ofqual and the chief executive of CIE to answer questions last week.
The Guardian said that the Eton head would be “grilled.” Excellent! All will be revealed and we will find out the answers to our many queries about these examinations.
Sadly, however, there was no grilling, not even a mild heating and watching the recording of events is not recommended.
The Eton head admitted that seven of his staff had set papers for exams taken by their own pupils, and what also was particularly relevant was that CIE is not a member of the organisation responsible for examination regulations and inspections, the Joint Council for Qualifications.
CIE chief executive admitted that the number of incidents of exam malpractice had risen from 269 in 2013 to 719 this year worldwide — hardly encouraging if we are to believe in the integrity of their exams.
Ofqual does not even include CIE when reporting on malpractice. What no-one mentioned was what happens in the classroom when the teacher knows the exam questions in advance, even if the pupils don’t. There is so much room for putting more obvious emphasis on certain topics than on the others not being examined.
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