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:
and here's the latest exchange:
please feel free to circulate this