Here we are folks, up with the lark and fresh as a daisy after yesterday's celebrations to mark the 1000th article on Nanny Knows Best.
Maybe we didn't party hard enough???
Anyhoo in honour of this, the 1001th article, I hereby give the prestigious "Prats of The Week" Award to...
A roll on the drums please...
The Professional Association of Teachers (PAT).
They have come up the ludicrous proposal to shut down websites such as YouTube and MySpace, because in their view they promote bullying.
It is for sure that in recent months, a number of teachers and children have been subject to bullying, and even death threats, online. However, some children are little shits and have always had a liking for bullying.
The use of the web is merely an adaptation of a centuries old nasty habit. It is down to parents and teachers to guide children through the moral maze of growing up, and instill in them basic values of decency and good manners.
Calling for the banning of websites is a cop out, as the use of websites is a symptom not a cause of ill discipline and shitty behaviour.
PAT claim that the only short-term solution to the problem is to close the popular sites down.
The proposal, which was put forward by Kirsti Paterson, was backed by hundreds of delegates attending the association's annual conference in Harrogate this week.
Ms Paterson, of PAT's Highland and Western Isles Federation said:
"Without the ban nowhere will be safe from cyberbullying."
This shows how little the "teachers" understand how the real world works.
Aside from the points I have made above, I would like to acquaint PAT with another rather blindingly obvious point.
YouTube et al are legitimate commercial organisations based in the USA.
Precisely how do you go about (as member of PAT UK) enforcing an unenforceable banning order on a legitimate foreign commercial operation?
Were PAT ever likely to achieve this absurd dream, eg by the creation of British version of the Great Firewall of China (maybe that's what they really want...mass censorship?), other sites emulating YouTUbe would simply pop up...that's the way the internet works.
It is rather alarming that PAT wastes its time and resources on discussing fantasy issues, that cannot be addressed in this manner, that clearly shows it has no grasp on reality.
PAT, well deserving Prats of The Week.