Toby Young thinks disabled children should be excluded from schools

I missed this excellent piece of Tom’s when he put it up earlier in the week. It shows just how nasty, crass and low much of Tory thinking actually is. You also wonder what was wrong with the editor at the Spectator, why he didn’t caution Tobes that his comments might just be too small minded, bigoted and offensive even for that esteemed organ. If you want to see Young’s comment amply refuted, simply scroll down the comments and look at the remarks of some of the disabled people writing about their own scholastic achievements, as well as the proud parents of disabled children, who have managed to succeed. Or come to that, of simply the parents of disabled children, who’d like them treated with just common courtesy and human decency.
His attitude doesn’t impress me, either. My mother taught in a school with a special unit for deaf children, but which was in no way a special school solely for the disabled. This was in the 1970s and 80s, loooong before New Labour and inclusiveness. What I remember from her about this is how the children with hearing problems mixed and made friends with those who had good hearing. The school did have its share of weirdoes and juvenile delinquents, but that was just through ordinary life and events, not through the school having its complement of children with this particular type of disability.
Tobes is, of course, talking offensive rubbish. It’s like he can’t help it – it comes from being a Tory.

Pride's Purge

(This is not satire – it’s Toby Young)

Toby Young, writing in The Spectator, thinks disabled children should be excluded from schools.

No – I’m not exaggerating – he really does say that wheelchair ramps in schools are an example of ‘ghastly, politically correct’ inclusiveness.

Of course, if you’re in wheelchair – wheelchair ramps are not just political correctness. Not having a ramp WILL exclude you.

But perhaps Sun columnist Toby thinks that educating children who can’t walk would in some way mean more ‘dumbing down’ of the level of education in our schools?

As opposed, presumably, to allowing more ‘dumbing down’ of the level of education by accepting children of the rich and influential who fail their exams into exclusive universities? (bear with me for a moment and I’ll explain what I mean by that).

This nonsense about excluding children with disabilities is particularly interesting if you consider the little…

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