Defence 'propaganda' under attack

10th August 2007 at 01:00
As teachers, you will soon be made aware of "Defence Dynamics", a Ministry of Defence online programme starting in September. So far, though, the website casts doubt about the ability of the MoD to organise itself, let alone others.

The ministry wants English teachers to deliver this teachers whose job it is to teach pupils to be cynical about the media and identify the techniques it uses to manipulate.

The text provided to give the anti-war point of view is an opinion piece from a newspaper, but it's not even a real one (we don't want to give the impression that the media actually wrote anything anti-war). The pro-war "fact sheet" helps to identify techniques used to persuade in writing in other words, pulling apart the anti-war piece. It doesn't take a genius to spot the bias of those writing these plans.

It's so clumsy. Propaganda has to be a lot better than this to get past English teachers.

Victoria Elliott

English teacher, Ilkley, West Yorkshire

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now