[NetBehaviour] email about "prevent"

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Sat Apr 30 18:03:39 CEST 2016

from what I gather, I agree; can you say more, for the non-British on the 
list, exactly what Prevent is? racial profiling in schools?

thanks, Alan

On Sat, 30 Apr 2016, ruth catlow wrote:

> Hi Michael,
> I appreciate your response to this process, and for highlighting so clearly
> what is at stake. I no longer hold a permanent post in a Higher Education
> institution but have been shocked to read in the press, and to hear from
> those of my peers who do, about increasing pressure to monitor and report
> (and so impinge on the freedom of expression of) learners. This is part of a
> wider threat (along with the tactics of the gutter press) to the development
> of the critical and discursive faculties in the UK public at large.
> Sigh!
> Ruth
> On 29/04/16 20:27, Michael Szpakowski wrote:
>       Hi all
>       the college where I teach has enthusiastically taken to heart
>       the government's Islamophobic "prevent" strategy. Last week they
>       made it compulsory for every further education student to attend
>       ( and I am not making this up) a puppet show about "prevent" and
>       put pressure on HE lecturers to pressure their students to
>       attend.
>       In response I sent I sent a carefully worded e mail to our
>       management and copied in the UCU  ( the lecturers union)
>       membership and my students too, whom I regard, perhaps
>       unfashionably, as being capable of making their own minds up
>       about things.
>       I have now been summoned to a meeting with HR and a senior
>       manager.
>       I am chronicling events on Flickr. I would really appreciate
>       support - at the moment simply in terms of favouriting and
>       commenting upon the posts but it could well come to some sort of
>       campaign if they attempt to discipline me. Here's my original
>       email:
>       https://www.flickr.com/photos/szpako/26601297832/
> and here's the latest exchange:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/szpako/26716002535/
> please feel free to circulate this
> many thanks
> michael
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