Well, You Have A Pretty Funny Way Of Showing It!

September 7, 2013 7 Comments

Mr Szemalikowski said the school believes in freedom of speech

Right, of course. Sure you do. He’s free to speak, and you’re free to contact his prospective university and ‘alert the school’s on-site policeman’ (and just consider the implications of that!).

Chilling effect? What chilling effect?

… but he was prompted to act by other students who alerted him to the blog.

Ah! An excellent body-swerve there! Someone else made you do it, right?

Kinnan Zaloom, 19, attacked the way Hampstead School was run on The Hampstead Trash website in a series of posts.

He accused the school of caring more about spending money on its own PR than investing in equipment for pupils, and compared senior staff at the school to characters in George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Sounds like he hit a nerve, eh? It seems they can dish it out, as David Thompson points out, but they aren’t so keen on taking it..

Or maybe it’s just that a little training is a dangerous thing?

Mr Szemalikowski added: “I am not an expert in these matters but I had training in how to look for things that might need a second opinion. I didn’t think it was illegal but the undertones towards the end made me think – does this need a second opinion?”

I think you need training in just what ‘getting a second opinion’ really means. It doesn’t mean what you think it means, clearly!

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7 Responses to Well, You Have A Pretty Funny Way Of Showing It!

  1. September 7, 2013 at 10:33 am

    “Zaloom has been an interesting student. He has set many superb challenges for our management team upon which to hone their skills, as I am sure he will yours. I would recommend that you give him a few tests of difficult names to remember. Szemalikowski, Headmaster”

  2. Viscount Rectum
    September 7, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Mr Szemalikowski is full of shit. freedom of speech? where did he get that frickin name from? thats what is really important.

  3. September 7, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Oh, for the days when Head Teachers actually merited the description, instead of being recruited for their grasp of management-speak, media soundbites, marketing and general greasy-pole dancing!

    Many modern heads couldn’t get out of the classroom fast enough; it’s become a management position, complete with corporate-inspired salary in some cases double that of a head of department (the older, wiser ones that actually do the work).

    I once heard such a Headmaster publicly describe himself as the school’s CEO – though (to the secret gratification of many) this meant that some wags in year 13 immediately dubbed him ‘Chief Excretory Orifice’. This is what intelligent sixth-formers do; subversion is part of growing to intellectual maturity and should be treated with humour and a sense of proportion – unless, of course, you are trying to rear a generation of conformist, unquestioning drones.

    In his final post on the blog, Mr Zaloom wrote: “This past year, I have become more and more enchanted by the ideology of anarchism and individualism.”

    He added: “I am not hailing anarchism as the only way of life, just pointing out that any type of government has the risk of being corrupt and vile.”

    How about offering him a guest spot here, Orphans?

  4. Mona
    September 7, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    The latest sharp-minded observer will find new coincidences with the endless system of the universe, collisions with later ideas,relationships with the higher powers and senses of humanity, they are symbolical,full of interpretation,simple and inexhaustable like the creations of nature,that they are a work of art in the narrow mechanical meaning of the word. You did well Kinnan Zaloom. Novalis.

  5. September 7, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    More proof that a nanny state is really a police state.

  6. John Pickworth
    September 7, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    I think we should “err on the side of caution” and fire the headmaster… because evidently he’s showing signs of fascism. A letter to his former University probably wouldn’t be amiss too.

  7. September 8, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Right, of course. Sure you do. He’s free to speak, and you’re free to contact his prospective university and ‘alert the school’s on-site policeman’ (and just consider the implications of that!).


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