Younger persons are being taught “dreadful classes” about behaviour by the indignant rows over Brexit, says the top trainer of Gordonstoun – the non-public faculty in Moray attended by the Prince of Wales.
Lisa Kerr warns that scenes such because the protests towards MP Anna Soubry are undermining efforts in colleges to show tolerance and respect for different views.
“Plainly merely collaborating in a topical and vital debate now makes you a goal for abuse,” says Ms Kerr.
She known as for a extra optimistic instance.
“In addition to being deeply miserable for us adults, that is instructing dreadful classes to our kids,” mentioned Ms Kerr, principal of the varsity that taught Prince Charles, his brother the Duke of York and their father, the Duke of Edinburgh.
She is worried about pupils watching scenes of MPs and journalists being “hounded” over their views.
Ms Kerr was backed by the chief of the ASCL head lecturers’ union, Geoff Barton, who mentioned lecturers have been “dismayed” on the behaviour within the Brexit dispute.
“It is sending out a message that you may resort to intimidation,” he mentioned.
The top lecturers’ chief mentioned colleges made a degree of exhibiting that you possibly can disagree with somebody however nonetheless behave with “civility” however that was “unravelling earlier than our eyes”.
The Gordonstoun head mentioned lecturers wanted to indicate that regardless of the divisions opened up over Brexit, “we are able to nonetheless be tolerant of one another’s beliefs and recognise the worth of one another’s cultures”.
Ms Kerr mentioned the language needs to be about “taking optimistic motion” relatively than “taking again management”.
She warned of the prejudices that may very well be infected by “harmful rhetoric”.
“Inaccurate assumptions about individuals from different international locations have fuelled an increase in racism, which has set individuals towards one another,” mentioned the impartial faculty principal.