One of the Independents columnists, Joahann Hari, has provoked some discussion about the cancellation of school field trips and the way that Health and Safety regulations are (wrongly, he says) blamed.
I go along with his argument up to a point, but believe that there is a deeper issue. It seems to me that the real danger highlighted by Mr Hari's article is not an unfounded fear of increased litigation, but that students may not be encouraged to explore and acquire new knowledge.
This may not be simply a fear of regulations but a subtler reluctance to inquire. In a society characterised by rapid change, increasing complexity and personal stress, many people feel that they do not have time for the luxury of asking or answering questions.
Indeed asking questions creates resentment and will frequently get you labeled as a trouble maker (or as 'crazy'). Even public inquiries into major events are no longer de rigeur. For example, Tony Blair said that an inquiry into the London bombings of 7/7 would be a 'ludicrous diversion'. Thus we have yet to see the evidence for the many subsequent terror-related decisions.
Posted by Nicholas Moore 12:52:02 am