When has instilling a sense of discipline ever truly assisted students struggling to comprehend any complex theory? Clearing the mind of all distractions is certainly disciplined meditative practice but it’s also the first step when stimulating hypnosis.
On the one hand, promising and coming through on employment for veterans of the armed forces is a very good thing and about bloody time. On the other, ex-military intelligence types are weighing the logic in this all too obvious PR stunt fronted by soon to be multi-cultural icon Captain AK Burki, a man who sold his soul for rock and roll. All accounts say AK was born in Pakistan but now he marches for the British Raj.
Like all seemingly good ideas, his quasi-resurrection of National Service has been a topic of avid conversation whenever more head-shaking headlines of wayward youth appear. It was a coming of age like today’s inductive prison stretch serves for Britain’s aimless young men. The problem of course is that the nation state as we once knew it no longer exists and it is this political incorrectness Captain Burki tackles with relish;
“The vision we have for the (Phoenix) school is that it’s going to have a healthy blend and mix of ethnicities. They need to live and work in a harmonious environment. There is always a fear of the unknown. It’s human nature to fear the unknown, but if an element becomes known you no longer inherently fear it.”
Where is the Copyright Cartel to pounce down on this blatant act of piracy? His whole schtick is borrowed from Captain Kirk’s ‘core values’; courage, discipline, respect for others, integrity, loyalty and selfless commitment to ‘The NWO Federation’. Tackling the murky literacy issue with the help of Tom Burkard, co-author of Sound Foundations is dream pairing for Malthusian technocrats ushering more multi-cultural schlock horror.
Wide media coverage has their obvious blessing but leave it to the sad old BBC to add balance in reporting local’s concerns fairly; “I think it’s a very good idea,” says Ajmal Ali, who runs a garage in the town. “I think the discipline is what kids in this area need. It all comes down to how strict the officers are,” says Adam Beard, another local businessman, “because it’s a fine line between a youth detention centre and a school.”
One can’t help thinking they made it all up, that Mr. Ajmal Ali was a name chosen at random to add flavour to their already saucy sales pitch. That’s exactly what it is and nothing more, if you hadn’t already guessed;
“The Phoenix project is applying for state funding as a free school which would be run outside of local authority control.” The BBC finally informs us…
So they’re making up the numbers stating more than 60 students are already enrolled and casting bait for more to complete their application for cold hard government cash. Is Captain Burki in charge or do they have a Sergeant Bilko running this scam from the steam room at the WAC Barracks? They absolutely must if we consider that before the army, AK was only operations manager at a company hiring out event bouncers.
This caper requires big brains, the ability to take the initiative, improvise, overcome, remain ‘out of local authority’ control! It’s all set to commence in 2013 if all goes as planned yet they haven’t answered a most basic question on the historical curricullum. Afghan opium poppy guarding duties experienced by the ex-military teaching staff are seldom linked to the heroin epidemic, let’s hope Captain Burki can help clear that up.