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Enter Your Email Address to Subscribe. Sign In. Read More In this perceptive and witty book, Theodore Dalrymple unmasks the hidden sentimentality that is suffocating public life. Seller's Description: Fine. In Stock. Brand New, Perfect Condition, allow business days for standard shipping. To Alaska, Hawaii, U.
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This "wretched" state of affairs is not only detrimental "for those experiencing it themselves, but for those experiencing British children", writes Dalrymple. Threats to teachers by their pupils - one third of all teachers have been physically attacked and a substantial number have also been on the receiving end of added aggression by parents - is, states Dalrymple, mirrored in health care, where paediatricians have been the objects of attempted assault.
Doctors are afraid to refuse their patients' demands for sick notes for fear of a violent reaction: "A relatively small amount of violence is sufficient to produce a large effect. The cult of sentimentality lies at the root of all this, he argues.
Human beings are inherently good - so goes the philosophy - rendering discipline "unnecessary and bad". If someone eventually turns to crime, the sentimentalist believes, he must be the victim of "an environment that has let him down". Likewise, children are regarded by sentimentalists, as not merely innocent and good but, claims Dalrymple, of being the possessors of an "intelligent curiosity, natural talent, vivid imagination, desire to learn and an ability to find things out for themselves".
This romanticised notion has, he believes, produced generations of British children who cannot adequately read, write, or do simple calculations - and this despite a palpable "increase in expenditure" per capita on pupils' education. Intellectuals, with their woolly tendentious thinking, are partly responsible - the betes-noir of those in society who value common sense, allied to the virtues of discipline and restraint. Intellectuals, in Dalrymple's estimation, fail to recognise the plain truth that "Great Britain … is now sinking, in a … swamp of sentimentality whose aesthetic, intellectual and moral correlates are dishonesty, vulgarity and barbarity".