Our young people are being indoctrinated
towards a left-wing bias

The country is evidently split right now. The results of the referendum were as close as expected, even if didn’t land on the side we’d anticipated. People had plenty of reasons for voting Remain or Leave, and I’m not going to go into them here. But what I find interesting about this referendum is that the division between Leave and Remain voters isn’t just a regional one, there’s a clear age gap involved.

I keep reading the argument that 2/3rds of young people voted Remain, and therefore it is the older generations who are out of touch. Well, as a young person myself I put it to you that the case may actually be the other way around.

Our young people are being indoctrinated to a left-wing mentality from a very young age. Pretty much throughout their entire educational career, young people are being trained into a lefty way of thinking. I’ve seen this first hand on too many occasions and it leaves me constantly concerned. Some of the behaviour I’ve seen from teachers is outright disgusting – a very evident bias not only in their teaching practises, but in the way they present their arguments. I’m not talking about the obvious party political biases of “Labour = Good, Tory = Evil”, although that does happen, but most teachers take a less obvious approach along the lines of tolerance being a good thing, so long as you agree with their way of thinking.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve witnessed teachers engaging in conversations with students about the EU referendum. Instead of encouraging students to keep an open mind, or challenging students’ perceptions, teachers have been encouraging their biases. For instance, in a recent conversation a student mentioned how close the Leave numbers were getting to taking Remain’s lead, based on polls, and a teacher’s response was “I know, it’s quite scary isn’t it?”. The teacher and student were in mutual agreement that Britain leaving the EU would be a bad thing. As far as I’m aware, that goes against part two of the Teachers’ Standards.

On the other hand, I have personally been discouraged from even mentioning the EU referendum. On Friday 24th June, when the results were in, I was taken aside by my headteacher and deputy headteacher as I arrived at school and warned not to bring up the topic in front of teachers, as they were all very angry about the situation right now, and warned not to bring up the subject in front of students, as “many of our kids are from Europe”, therefore completely missing the point of the Leave argument, or indeed my argument for voting Leave. At no point have I mentioned that immigration was a bad thing, in fact I have been pro-immigration throughout, much in line with Dan Hannan’s stance. Regardless, this wasn’t a referendum on being a part of Europe, this was about regaining our freedom of democracy and our sovereignty, from the overly-political European Union.

Our country have just made one of the biggest decisions we’ll probably make in a generation. We should be encouraging our students to talk about it, and engage in important political issues. We certainly shouldn’t be censoring one side of the argument, especially when it’s the side that won.

There is an assumption that all Leave voters are racist xenophobes (something I addressed in my recent article, why I am voting to Leave the EU) That is clearly not the case, but what’s concerning is the censorship around any right-wing arguments and the evident bias towards left-wing arguments in schools, thus confirming the left=good, right=bad agenda. There is no balance. It’s perfectly okay to hold left wing opinions in schools, in fact it’s encouraged. And schools will talk about (see: preach) how important tolerance is, but the moment you express an opinion that isn’t in line with their thinking, you’ll see how short lived their tolerance truly is.

I had an email from our Executive Headteacher this morning, that’s the person above our school’s Headteacher, she’s essentially in charge of all schools in the Trust. The email, sent out to all teaching staff across the Trust, included a link to the petition requesting another referendum. Not only is this demonstrating a complete disregard for democracy, but it is once again backing up my argument that schools are so left-leaning that they can’t even acknowledge that in their attempts to be politically correct and unbiased, they are actually doing the complete opposite.

I’m not at all surprised that the majority of young people voted in-line with a left-wing agenda to remain in the un-democratic, or even anti-democratic European Union. Schools have been grooming children towards this decision for years.

Should schools be politically neutral, or should they be made to declare their political allegiances? Surely there should be some system in place to prevent our younger generations from left-wing brainwashing. I’ve heard of one teacher recently who reported a student to Prevent, for supporting UKIP. It’s getting ridiculous. “Our way, or no way”.


Calvin Robinson is a secondary school teacher, the Youth Officer for Hampstead and Kilburn Conservative Association and was a Team Leader for Vote Leave.

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  • I agree with your article to some extent, but is it necessarily the left-wing you’re talking about?

    Surely, what is truly at the heart of their agenda is statism and authoritarianism?

    • Well, yes. It is authoritarianism, towards a left-wing bias.

  • Anon

    I’m a recently qualified OT. Elements of my course and HCPC standards require accepting in your face left wing bias and demands. I suspect this is widespread across the public sector.

    • Agreed. Certainly a public sector issue.

      The problem is we don’t see many whistleblowers, as we all know what happens to them, especially in the public sector and your industry in particular.

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  • Aerfen

    It isn’t so much a left wing bias as a Globalist, pro EU bias, which embraces the far left, Lib Dems and the socially ‘liberal’ but economically right wing element of the Conservatives.

  • rbw152

    Very good article Calvin, you’re a brave man.

    In my experience ‘coming out’ as Conservative and holder of right-wing opinions is a life changing experience – and not for the better. I lost a friend of nearly forty years over the issue recently and it has tainted my relationship with numerous others to the point where I refuse to discuss any ‘sensitive’ subjects at all with them now. My attitude these days is ‘I vote, not debate’.

    Thanks to my bruising experiences I’ve thought long and hard about what to do about this. Of course, articles such as yours all help but in the end the conclusion I’ve come to is that the root cause of this dangerous trend towards socialism (and it is dangerous in my opinion) is economic ignorance. Such people simply have no idea where money comes from. That their wages are paid for by ‘evil capitalism’ providing the government with its money.

    They are naive at best and wilfully ignorant at worst but the result is the same; they all think that ‘rich people’ should be fleeced of their money and that ‘the government’ should take it – then give it to them.

    Which is why I think basic economics should be a mandatory subject in schools just like maths and English. This needs to happen urgently, before this disturbing trend takes our country back to the 1970s. These people call themselves ‘progressive’ but in fact they are the complete opposite.