Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Students in WA told to plan terror attack

There was an article in the news this morning of a teacher in WA setting an assignment for his students to plan a terror attack with the aim of killing as many innocent people as possible and to be honest, I’m not entirely sure what to think. Reading the comments below the article, most were deploring the teacher. Only perhaps one or two were in agreement.

It ranges from comments such as,

       This teacher should be sacked.

       Posted by Stevie - August 25, 2010, 8:09AM

to this,

It's the Australian's who think their precious little darlings shouldn't be exposed to this sort of thing that are clueless; have none of you ever heard the term "know your enemy"?

      Posted by Tanukisan - August 25, 2010, 8:05AM.

It is a controversial topic but we teach sex education around the same age warning teenagers of all the consequences, why not expose them to something they see on TV all the time anyway? I guess it’s easy for me, not having kids removes some of the emotion from the topic and perhaps leaves me too pragmatic.

If you were to be working for any department in the intelligence community there’s a good chance you’re writing up contingency plans day in and day out. Thinking like a terrorist to work out what they might consider next. You do need to plan as if you were the enemy; it’s the only way to find your true weaknesses. I work in IT and one aspect there is to do penetration testing of firewalls and servers to see if there’s a weak point. Once you find it, you correct it. The intelligence community, much the same as an IT professional look for weaknesses within.

I can understand the worry however, it is perhaps something that should be addressed in the later years of high school or University. Though some students don’t continue with formal education after year 10 so maybe it is the last chance to get them thinking critically about a subject that may impact them more and more in the coming years.

I’m not sure what I think, at the end of the day it is a tough thing to ask students to do and who knows, one of them might try to use their plan one day in the future if life doesn’t work out how they wanted it to. Right now they’re not mentally developed and so if the thought is only a seed now, quietly tucked away in gestation; one day it might bloom and if it does, how ugly will that flower be?

Well, as your comments and of know the rest.

You win! I ROCK!

Good night Seattle.

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