[NetBehaviour] email about "prevent"

Johannes Birringer Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk
Sat Apr 30 21:32:35 CEST 2016

dear all
never heard of it.  when doing some fact checking, 'prevent' seems to have been a government counter terrorist initiative,
for the past ten years, not entirely successful I read. But in the arts and educational arenas where I work, it's not a factor nor has anyone 
ever approached me to do any such reporting on any 'signs of radicalization' ; our duties as tutors are educational and pastoral in the sense of caring for the
well being and creative and intellectual growth of our students (and an anti-muslim policy, that you discern, Michael,
would be completely unsupportable and unsupported at my school).  respectfully, Johannes

From: Alan Sondheim <sondheim at panix.com>
To: NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity <netbehaviour at netbehaviour.org>
Sent: Saturday, April 30, 2016 5:03 PM
Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] email about "prevent"

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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