SAMANTHA PRICE, president of the Girls’ Schools Association, has urged us to stop calling young people “woke”.
Which, as it happens, is a classic woke gesture. I don’t need to be told what words to use, and neither do you.
I left school three decades ago and don’t intend to be lectured by anyone on my language, let alone by the president of the Girls’ Schools Association.
But Price’s argument, made at a conference yesterday, is that calling young people “woke” risks dismissing things that they believe in.
According to Ms Price, young people are “genuinely worried about racism, sexism and climate change”.
Well, I am sorry to have to use the word, but that is purest balls.
Young people do not leap out of the womb naturally concerned about such issues.
They learn to worry about the issues that they are told to worry about.
They worry about things they are taught to worry about.
If young people are especially worried about climate change and whip themselves up into frenzies about the issue then it isn’t because they have read the relevant texts and come to their own conclusions.
It is because a group of people older than them has decided to make a generation of climate activists who, instead of regarding the climate as a challenge, regard it as the world’s end.
They are told that the most admirable member of their generation — practically a modern day saint — is the school truant Greta Thunberg.
Someone who long ago stopped educating herself in order to lead protests against climate change.
The results are plain to see.
A poll carried out in September showed that 45 per cent of young people say climate change affects their daily lives.
Three quarters said they think the future is frightening.
And a full 56 per cent believe that humanity is doomed!
So more than half of young people have fallen for a doomsday cult that terrifies them on a daily basis.
Does that sound positive or progressive?
No, it sounds like some highly irresponsible adults have terrified young people into this situation.
It is the same with other things Price cites.
With racism and sexism, for example.
ATTITUDES ARE TAUGHT
Our schools and some media pump a constant drip-feed of negativity into the minds of young people.
They claim we live in “systemically racist” societies where ethnic minorities are second-class citizens.
They harp on about views that were made unacceptable decades ago.
They obsess about things such as empire and slavery, which this country fought to abolish more than two centuries ago.
Yet sport and pop stars and other celebrities all talk as though the evils of slavery or the worst aspects of empire are with us still.
These aren’t attitudes young people discover.
They are attitudes they are taught. By our national broadcasters. By the stories some of the media pumps out. By the views their mainly left-wing teachers impart to them
Speak to almost any young person indoctrinated by the woke cult and you will be told that racism, transphobia and all manner of inequalities are everywhere.
Oh, and if you don’t agree they call you a “boomer”, a dinosaur and try to cancel you with Twitter pile-ons, even turning up at your home to direct the maddest of the pitchfork maniacs to your front door.
I’m right, they screech on social media, “don’t @ me”.
But perhaps it’s no wonder young people are anxious and helpless.
They already have the terrible negative influence of Instagram, TikTok and other social media sites.
MASSIVE-SCALE CHILD ABUSE
These persuade young people that all of their peers’ lives are unbelievably glamorous.
The boring hard work and necessary grind of life has not made the social media giants rich.
So this generation is already comparing itself against unrealistic expectations with their peers.
And now they have crazed left-wing adult obsessions forced on them in the name of education.
In a recent report from Bath University the lead author said young people feel abandoned and betrayed by government.
“Governments need to listen to the science and not pathologise young people who feel anxious,” said Caroline Hickman.
Very much falling in line with Ms Price, she said: “Four out of ten are hesitant to have children.”
One reason she gave was recent wildfires in Portugal. These things are unfolding “in front of their own eyes”.
Well, this is not self-learnt. It is not even indoctrination.
It is child abuse on a massive scale and we need to call it out.
Our species always had challenges.
We had challenges in every century before this, far harder and more dangerous than anything we face now.
We survived world wars, pogroms, plagues, wars that lasted centuries, famines and diseases that we have now eradicated.
We will find our way out of our current challenges too.
But in the meantime, yes, we should think of the children.
But not by conceding to them, or pandering to them, but by correcting them.
That is one of the jobs grown-ups are meant to do.
You might even say it is the price of being an adult.
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