Should badgers get the vote? This blog post explores the motion…
When I were a lad with no cares other than the distant dark clouds of impending A Level examinations our form classroom was situated above an arch through which pupils passed at break times. Despite being supposedly the most mature class in school we used to escape the pressure of said impending exams by letting off a bit of steam (I’m sticking to that line).
Our class had a sink and we would have hours fun by filling up cups of water and pouring it on unsuspecting passers by below. This was a fairly inaccurate process because we had to guess when someone would be coming out from underneath the arch – F=mg and all that – it took time for the water to reach pupil height and more often than not we would miss.
Being a highly intelligent class we devised a process that would improve our accuracy. Someone would look out of the classroom window at the other side of the arch and start walking when a victim disappeared from view underneath. When our paceman reached the a few feet from the sink we would drop the water. We did score a few direct hits but never seemed to get into trouble for this.
Fast forwarding to the modern era and recognising that I am in the process of putting four kids through high school I do of course regale them with this and other educational stories (pan to wife, eyebrows raised at poor paternal example-making). I am pleased to tell you that things haven’t changed a bit.
Last night kid 3, currently in the lower sixth, was talking about his General Studies class. The teacher sounds like a good sort and starts each lesson by asking the class to scribble a current affairs topic on a piece of paper. The paper would be folded and as each student put theirs in the pot they would say out loud what the topic was. Sir would then draw one piece of paper out of the pot and the class would spend ten minutes discussing the chosen topic.
Very interesting. Kids get a good grasp on a wide range of opinions on a wide range of subjects.
This week the teacher was late so the kids decided that each of them would write their subject as “should badgers get the vote”. When the time came to put their suggestions in the pot they each said a genuine current affairs topic – immigration, gay marriage etc.
There was general mirth when teach discovered the plot and the upshot was, fair play to him, they spent ten minutes discussing universal suffrage for badgers. I don’t know if it went to a class vote but I’m pretty sure it would have come down in favour of the badger. The fight back begins #banthecull.