Why was Queen’s Jubilee celebrated in Torfaen schools?

First published in Letters

AS CLLR Mary Barnett (executive member for children & young people) seems unwilling (or unable) to answer my query regarding the appropriateness of children celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee in Torfaen’s schools, I wonder if she thinks children and parents have a right to question the validity of the monarchy?

Does she want children to grow up with healthy, questioning minds based upon reason and the values of the enlightenment or perhaps she does not believe in cultivating children’s ability to reveal and question underlying assumptions based solely on tradition or otherwise?

A healthy education system is surely based on raising children who are not afraid to think critically and independently about moral, religious and other issues?

Do not parents and children have a right to have their cultural identities recognised (working class/socialist)?

A reply would be polite.

Terry Banfield, Cardigan Crescent, Cwmbran

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5:43pm Sat 21 Jul 12

Mervyn James says...

In most part it seems they support the monarchy and do not see in that dismissing everyone as kill-joys, and it is 'only a party for kids' they are endorsing what most welsh people do not. Its moral blackmail using kids as a front.
In most part it seems they support the monarchy and do not see in that dismissing everyone as kill-joys, and it is 'only a party for kids' they are endorsing what most welsh people do not. Its moral blackmail using kids as a front. Mervyn James
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5:44pm Sat 21 Jul 12

Taffeta says...

Here's a reply! Why wouldn't schools in Torfaen celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee? I have a book that was given to my great aunt, celebrating Queen Victoria's, that her school gave her! What such a celebration does is bring history alive - the Monarchy are part of our country and what this country is about - freedom to speak our minds, to critically appraise - the alternative is a Republic, a dictatorship? The Monarchy (like the House of Lords) keeps the Camerons, Cleggs and their like, in check. Our education system is shot to pieces not because of our Monarchy (no-one more critical than Prince Philip or Charles!) but because our kids are being fed nonsense through the media and being pandered to by a lot of parents who don't know any better. I haven't always agreed with Cllr Mary Barnett, but no wonder she hasn't responded to your nonsense.
Here's a reply! Why wouldn't schools in Torfaen celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee? I have a book that was given to my great aunt, celebrating Queen Victoria's, that her school gave her! What such a celebration does is bring history alive - the Monarchy are part of our country and what this country is about - freedom to speak our minds, to critically appraise - the alternative is a Republic, a dictatorship? The Monarchy (like the House of Lords) keeps the Camerons, Cleggs and their like, in check. Our education system is shot to pieces not because of our Monarchy (no-one more critical than Prince Philip or Charles!) but because our kids are being fed nonsense through the media and being pandered to by a lot of parents who don't know any better. I haven't always agreed with Cllr Mary Barnett, but no wonder she hasn't responded to your nonsense. Taffeta
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9:36am Sun 22 Jul 12

Mervyn James says...

It's what they represent. Few countries in the world bother with this nonsense now. We have Welsh 'Royalty' descendants are still living in North Wales, we don't need outsiders.
It's what they represent. Few countries in the world bother with this nonsense now. We have Welsh 'Royalty' descendants are still living in North Wales, we don't need outsiders. Mervyn James
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7:50am Wed 25 Jul 12

Taffeta says...

Sorry Mervyn you are buying this 'Welsh nation' propaganda - the propaganda that is hell bent on isolating our children - reducing their chances of competing in the big world outside Wales by spending hours a week learning a language and taking the Welsh Bacc that is only recognised here. And if you hadn't noticed we're all outsiders in the UK. Fact is, the UK is a small nation that needs to pull together and we can do without the devisive atmosphere that some small minority is determined we should all subscribe to. The Assembly is centralised and dictatorial. The devolution argument has become tedious and irrelevant. Glad you penned 'Royalty' as you did - implies the reality that Wales never did have a royal lineage or indeed an aristocracy. Time for reality check if Wales is going to be fit for purpose in the tough years ahead. Strange thing is we're facing the same problems even with devolution - that is maybe down to the mentality here rather than who is 'in charge'?
Sorry Mervyn you are buying this 'Welsh nation' propaganda - the propaganda that is hell bent on isolating our children - reducing their chances of competing in the big world outside Wales by spending hours a week learning a language and taking the Welsh Bacc that is only recognised here. And if you hadn't noticed we're all outsiders in the UK. Fact is, the UK is a small nation that needs to pull together and we can do without the devisive atmosphere that some small minority is determined we should all subscribe to. The Assembly is centralised and dictatorial. The devolution argument has become tedious and irrelevant. Glad you penned 'Royalty' as you did - implies the reality that Wales never did have a royal lineage or indeed an aristocracy. Time for reality check if Wales is going to be fit for purpose in the tough years ahead. Strange thing is we're facing the same problems even with devolution - that is maybe down to the mentality here rather than who is 'in charge'? Taffeta
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