Face of government’s teacher recruitment drive rails against ‘lefty bias’ in schools
Exclusive: Teacher picked to front Department of Education's campaign believes children are indoctrinated in school
13 July, 2017 — By Richard Osley
Calvin Robinson meeting former Education Secretary Michael Gove
A TEACHER picked to be the face of a national recruitment drive believes children are being indoctrinated by schools to see the Tories as “evil” and are “being trained into a lefty way of thinking” in the classroom.
Calvin Robinson has been seen by millions in recent weeks on posters, newspaper adverts and internet promotions as part of the Department for Education’s new “I Chose To Teach” campaign, explaining the fulfilment he gets from being head of computer science at a school in Hendon.
But while he is encouraging people to go into the profession, he has also been frank in other forums about some of his concerns about the school system, including his belief that pupils are subjected to “left-wing brainwashing”.
In an article for the Conservatives for Liberty website, he said: “Our young people are being indoctrinated to a left-wing mentality from a very young age. Pretty much throughout their entire educational career, young people are being trained into a lefty way of thinking. I’ve seen this first hand on too many occasions and it leaves me constantly concerned.”
He added: “Some of the behaviour I’ve seen from teachers is outright disgusting – a very evident bias not only in their teaching practices, but in the way they present their arguments. “I’m not talking about the obvious party political biases of ‘Labour = Good, Tory = Evil’, although that does happen, but most teachers take a less obvious approach along the lines of tolerance being a good thing, so long as you agree with their way of thinking.”
Mr Robinson has been selected by the Conservatives to stand at next year’s Town Hall elections and will be a candidate in Swiss Cottage, where the party holds two of the three council seats. He said that, as a supporter of the Leave campaign, he had “personally been discouraged” from discussing Brexit at school, but other staff had freely circulated a petition calling for the referendum to be re-run.
“I’m not at all surprised that the majority of young people voted in line with a left-wing agenda to remain in the undemocratic, or even anti-democratic European Union,” said Mr Robinson. “Schools have been grooming children towards this decision for years.”
Adverts ordered by the Department For Education
The issue of alleged political bias was discussed in local Conservative circles last week when parents at several schools were urged to attend the ‘Big Assembly’ at Talacre Gardens in Kentish Town, a demonstration against cuts to budgets, through newsletters sent home with their children.
At the rally, teachers spoke out against government policy and some criticised the Conservatives. Mr Robinson told the New Journal he retained the concerns he had explained in his article, written in the wake of the EU referendum, adding: “The left-wing bias in schools is ridiculous.”
He said Camden schools were in a “sorry state” and Labour “have let us down for too long”, claiming this was shown by a lack of secondary schools obtaining an “outstanding” rank from Ofsted, a rating held only by Camden School for Girls at secondary level.
“If you’re the parent of a teenage girl your options are extremely limited. If you’re the parent of a teenage boy, however, your options are null,” said Mr Robinson, adding: “Rather than brainwashing our young people at political rallies, we should be focused on finding a solution to this problem.”
The Big Assembly school cuts protest in Kentish Town last week
Labour schools chief councillor Angela Mason said: “I am amazed Mr Robinson who apparently is a teacher hasn’t noticed the massive cuts in school funding that are hitting Camden. This year we have paid out £0.5 million in redundancies caused by the cuts which could amount to 12% of the education budget in Camden.”
She added: “No wonder parents are worried and protesting. School funding was a big cut through issue in the election.”