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Good - read this if you're thinking of being a state-school teacher!
on 30 May 2011
As a Local Government worker, I am neither a teacher nor a police officer, but I work with and have relatives in both professions. I read Frank Chalk's first book at the same time as I read "Inspector Gadget's" Perverting the course of Justice, and I would highly recommend reading both together as they give an excellent all round picture of why this country is in absolute mess, as everyone excluding the violent, criminal and feral are completely let down - our young children, the hard-working 'moral majority' and our vulnerable elderly. If Frank Chalk & Inspector Gadget compared notes, I have no doubt the inestimable teacher would be accurately pointing out Inspector Gadget's future collars, those merciless criminals who are serial rapists at 10 and serial killers at 13. From a different perspective, education and social order, each book accuses and then proves the guilt of the same attitudes, world-views and liberal fanaticism that tries to claim, "bad is good and good is bad."
This book is a worthy sequel, and I hope to be able to read a new Inspector Gadget to go with it soon. The regrettable thing is that so many reviews say this should be required reading by Theresa May, etc, etc (I'd be interested in Gadget's opinion on the new administration); the thing is that I have no doubt it is - all the Cameroon and Government policy advisers no doubt do read these books, but half of them are the foxes slaughtering the chickens in the first place and to misquote Albus Dumbledore, the rest will always do what's easy instead of what's right, because they're only interested in keeping their cushy jobs and lavish expenses.
As another reviewer mentions, the reason I give four stars is that the editing needs to be sharpened up, and also, I was baffled by Frank Chalk's anti-religious rant in that particular chapter that referenced faith schools. I presume his rant was directed mainly at church (Christian) schools rather than Muslim madrasses, Jewish rabbinic schools or sikh/hindu temple schools, etc? Not only was he factually incorrect (I do wish people would do their research properly - do they think Biblical/religious archaeologists/anthropologists/scientists spend years of their lives on this stuff for fun?) but it is the church schools, with their focus on proper morals, their understanding and teaching that virtue and vice exist rather than the nonsense of 'values', their ethos of duty, integrity, self-sacrifice, hard work and putting the common good above personal self-interest as opposed to individualism, selfishness, idleness and egotism that produce the kind of children Frank Chalk would love and would be able to teach in the knowledge he would be doing something constructive.
Apart from those couple of flaws, however, this book is a great read.