Monday, June 04, 2007

Forlorn Hope

If you are born into the Underclass, doomed to attend a dustbin of a school, then a career in the Army might well be your only ticket out of the slums.

Yes, you might be shot by some toerag in Iraq or Afghanistan; but if you remain in the Estate from Hell, then you stand an equally good chance of being shot by a rival drugs dealer or ending up behind bars for most of your life.

The EIS would like to remove your only hope of escape.

12 comments:

Miss Understud said...

When was the survey held to determine that most teachers are pacifists? How the hell can you be a pacifist when you enter a war zone at nine am every morning and have to battle with some very determined 'foes' on a constant basis all day every day for the majority of your working life??... Pacifists would all be POWs by now!!

lilyofthefield said...

"Teachers are worried about pupils being sent to danger zones"????? Hell's bells, I can give them a long list of kids I wish they'd take compulsorily and label "cannon fodder" or "Human shield" before shoving them out in front.

"The truth is that most teachers are pacifists"
Until the enemy gets a bit too close.

Liz Ward said...

I have seen problem kids really flourish when put under army discipline.

Anonymous said...

see, this is why we need extraordinary rendition. but for this particular idiot, we need to kidnap him from the west and drop him in afghanistan.......

alanorei said...

Mr Chalk gives a good example of a lad called Liam in his book, who opts for the Army on leaving school.

It is one of the more positive aspects of the book, insofar as Liam's enlistment will also deliver him from the Cherry Tree Estate.

But you can trust national executives of teaching unions to be at the forefront of any cause for the subversion of Britain.

I had enough experience of this in HE, with what is now UCU - or (C)UCU as some of us irreverently referred to it.

Note that these union execs aren't necessarily anti-military as such. They are quite in favour of Palestinian terrorist training camps (aka 'Refugee' camps) plying their trade.

Sam said...

As the British Army is one of the last things we have in this country to be truly proud of, it is no wonder that idiotarians wish to denigrate it, and reduce it to the same level as the other institutions they have so successfully wrecked.

Anonymous said...

Although I am not a great fan of wars & armies, I can see the benefits for the kids from the sink estates. A young lad I know "couldn't finish colllege because there wasn't money for the bus" (there ws plenty of money for mum and dad's fags and booze, though), family live in a hovel on a sink estate and this lad joined the army which was the making of him. When he left school, his caring mother said "he's just gotta kill a year then he can sign on with a bad back", that was the attitude. He now is a soldier, has married and started a family and has really pulled himself out of that edump. HIS child will have better prospects because he can now see the benefits of education and discipline and he has real pride in what he has achieved, God knows he had precious little help from home. So yes, in a way, the army can be a saviour for some.

Anonymous said...

I used to work as a school librarian and one of my things was looking after careers literature. I treasure the memory of one of the biggest thugs in the place coming to get some army recruitment literature and saying to me that he couldn't wait to join the army because he was sick of teachers telling him what to do.

lilyofthefield said...

"couldn't finish colllege because there wasn't money for the bus"

Don't they have EMA in your area?

Anonymous said...

Answering lilyofthefield: Of course they have EMA in our area, but thats New Labour for pocket money. It wouldn't enter anyone's head to use that for mediocre things such as transport to and fro college. God beware, EMA is a reward that kids get becasue they drag themselves to school/ college somehow and it's to be spent on cool stuff, not boring busses.Anyway, fatter fish to be had at the DSS........sad.

delroy williams said...

My brother and I both joined the army at 15 to escape an abusive father.
We both completed our GCE education as teenage soldiers.
After service I went on to a polytechnic degree, a PGCE and a career teaching in Primary. My brother took the easier course and became a copper.
It worked well for us, in spite of Ireland, and we have both raised large, very middle class families.
I am very anti pacifists, but most teachers are women, including the males, and they just don't understand the benefits of occasional violence and standing up for yourself. It makes bullies think twice for one thing and that includes bullies in the workplace where I have always found the threat of violence to be sufficient.

Anonymous said...

Come on now Chalk, do your homework. Any teacher worth their salt would have done at least enough research to know it's spelled Touareg and that there is no reported involvement of the oppressed Touareg people in either the Iraq or Afghan theatre of operations. Honestly, I despair sometimes..