I am beginning to get a rather bizarre view of teaching techniques in England. If you recall, we recently saw how teachers terrorized students with the fake murder of a colleague. Now, teachers including Headteacher Mike Richards at St. Mary’s RC told children that World War III had broken out and, using fireworks, had them cringing in a cellar as a learning experience.
The children were shown footage of the Blitz in World War II and were told that London was in the process of being bombed.
The teachers wanted students to know what it was like to live through a war — and they succeeded all too well according to parents.
Richards abandoned the dim idea in the afternoon after complaints that the children were terrified. Teachers also complained about the impact on the children — some of whom had nightmares.
Richards explained “[t]he bulk of the boys thought it was great but a few of the girls were upset and had a sleepless night. . . . The school apologises for any distress that was caused but we don’t come to school with the idea of upsetting our pupils.”
Well I guess that was a learning experience.
In the United States, it might have also introduced the headmaster to the scourge of litigation and the concept of negligent infliction of emotional distress and torts litigation.