The government insists that it’s setting teachers, school leaders and governing bodies free to make the decisions. It’s all looking decidedly Orwellian, says this leading headteacher
Remember 1984? I don’t mean the year, but George Orwell’s dystopian novel. In his vision of what, back then, was the future (I know: it’s confusing), Orwell coined two fantastic new words: “newspeak” and “doublethink”.
Newspeak was the practice of creating new language to define the prescribed way of doing things under the totalitarian regime predicted by Orwell in his imaginary future. Doublethink was a little harder: that was something that citizens needed to do in order to rationalise the contradictions inherent in government announcements, and to believe in its benign intentions.
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