British Ministry of Defense distributes pro-invasion propaganda in English schools
The classroom of the future?
From the Independent:
Britain's biggest teachers' union has accused the Ministry of Defence of breaking the law over a lesson plan drawn up to teach pupils about the Iraq war. The National Union of Teachers claims it breaches the 1996 Education Act, which aims to ensure all political issues are treated in a balanced way.Hmmm... how do you suppose "program" got Americanized? Too much cutting and pasting? Or was did some Americans collaborate on the project? If the CIA is involved in a disinformation campaign aimed at an American ally, it certainly wouldn't be for the first time (link).
At the heart of the union's concern is a lesson plan commissioned by an organisation called Kids Connections for the Ministry of Defence aimed at stimulating classroom debate about the Iraq war.
In a "Students' Worksheet" which accompanies the lesson plan, it stresses the "reconstruction" of Iraq, noting that 5,000 schools and 20 hospitals have been rebuilt. But there is no mention of civilian casualties.
In the "Teacher Notes" section, it talks about how the "invasion was necessary to allow the opportunity to remove Saddam Hussein" but it fails to mention the lack of United Nations backing for the war. The notes also use the American spelling of "program".
(cross posted at Liberal Avenger) (via appletree)