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“Daddy, what did YOU do in the Mr Men War?”

May 17, 2013

I am now seeing that people arguing that any criticism of a teaching resource by a politician is “bullying”. I think this is a good answer to that.

John David Blake

So, we come to it at last: the great educational battle of our time. And it’s as much about the Mr Men as the War of Jenkin’s Ear was about that unfortunate mariner’s flesh, waved in anger in the House of Commons.

Instead, the Mr Men War is about two distinct issues, one a question of pedagogy, the other a question of power. As a teacher of History, the subject battleground on which the war is currently being fought, I have an interest in the former; as a political activist whose major interest is education, I think there is lot to discuss in the later. As both, I’m mildly despairing that the education establishment has decided to argue via the medium of cartoons… But, for what it’s worth, here’s my contribution to the Mr Men War.

Pedagogy: is it alright to teach the Nazis using the Mr Men?
No…

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