I sometimes wonder whether we are in a parallel universe. First the SNP announces a change to the history of WW2 where England ceases to be involved. Then we have the First Minister wanting to give school children at 16 the right to vote in the Independence Referendum and now we have blatant propaganda against those that are against Wind Farms. Very rarely do I feel despair in this battle against entrenched self-interest but this is one case where we have something akin to a fascist state wanting to control everything in their image. Our children have too few years of innocence any way and this move to politicise schooling is deplorable. It is of some regret that so few teachers have stood up to be counted. My concerns as to the voting age are simply that children are in that twilight of adulthead where experimentation and flrting with new freedoms lead them on paths that in later life they discard. Also the influence that teachers may have on immature minds can be used for good but also for less ideal causes. I have seen some of those influences brought to bear on my own kin and it distracted their needs and directions for too long and only now are they back on course. Political doctrine was forced on young minds that took years to dissipate. That they have chosen different directions now reflects their experiences of life.
In my view teaching children is to equip them to make their own assessments and judgements, some of which we may not agree with, but all of which will be part of what they are. Teaching therefore must walk the thin line of teaching the ability to make valid judgements without imposing the teachers own views on the students.