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The latest initiative by our "Children’s Secretary", Ed Balls (pictured left), is to abolish what remains of fact-based teaching of history and geography in our schools. He plans to "roll them together into themed lessons on social issues such as global warming" (funny how that seems to seep into everything nowadays)…. In his desire to chuck history onto what Lenin called "the scrapheap of history", Mr. Balls may have to make an exception, however. A campaign is now being mounted in the European Parliament to make it compulsory for children to be taught the history of the EU. According to Mário David, the Portuguese MEP leading the campaign and a former chief of staff to the Commission President Jose-Manuel Barroso, it is vital to counter all the "lying, cheating and mistrust" that surrounds the EU in the minds of the peoples of Europe. Our children must therefore be indoctrinated accordingly. … From laying claim to Churchill as father of the EU to consistently obscuring the nature of the key role played by Jean Monnet, they have come up with an official version of the origins of their "project" which bears virtually no relation to the facts. Doubtless this is just the sort of history which Mr. Balls will be happy to allow in our schools – because "fact-based" it isn’t. – UK Telegraph
We wanted to tell you about a great opportunity coming up.
If you or someone you know is a university student interested in growing the Global Zero movement and getting the once-in-a lifetime opportunity to come to Paris and meet and work with global leaders who believe in zero, keep reading…
Global Zero is looking for 25 talented and committed university students from around the world to participate in the Global Zero Summit in Paris this coming February as representatives of a growing youth-led movement for the elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide.
Students will arrive in Paris by the evening of January 30 and participate in a two-day student retreat before joining the Global Zero Summit to be held February 2-4. At the Summit , the students will work alongside Global Zero leaders to chart a course for an international public campaign for zero. Travel, room & board, and training will all be provided.
Applications are to be submitted online by November 30 2009 at
Galit, Cristina, Claire and the rest of the Global Zero team.