Tuesday 5 January 2021

Another Brick in the Wall


It all started with a tweet from Rory Bremner (as himself):

Yes, from 11 January CBBC will "have a three-hour block of primary school programming from 9am". And BBC Two "will cater for secondary students with at least two hours of content each weekday".

Update: According to this Twitter feed, Boris is a fan:
Fantastic initiative from the BBC, who will be helping children to learn while we all must stay at home. 

Dominic Cummings has certainly left the building. 


Let's not forget, even if Boris does, that if you look up what BBC Bitesize says, on certain matters of public interest, they don't necessarily behave like disinterested educators. There's a strong whiff of BBC groupthink about their output.

If you look, say, at their Key Stage 3 section on Population and migration you find highly controversial statements presented as facts e.g.

Immigration is not new and the UK has been a multicultural society for thousands of years.

In my days, the word 'Discuss' would be put after that, at the very least. The BBC now presents it as fact.

Their 'case study' on Participation regarding Brexit is classic BBC (almost a case study, you might say). It ignores the left-wing case for Brexit and, in outlining the two sides (Leave and Remain) clearly favours Remain over Leave. The telltale language (one for English comprehension students?) is that Remain "highlighted the dangers" while Leave merely "argued" and "claimed". And it pushes the 'Russian interference' line regarding the outcome. 

And as for their coverage of Israel and the Palestinians, well, please read this if you think the BBC plays a straight bat on Israel:

Would you trust the BBC with your children? 

It remains a good question, doesn't it?

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