My Lord. My F%$#*ing Lord. Just when you thought that the Westboro Baptist Church was the event horizon for crazy, a guy called Guy Claxon (and yes, that is his name) emerges. This university professor was recently tagged in an article printed in The Evening Standard saying that erasers were instruments of the devil and should be removed from school classrooms.
Excuse us a moment as our eyes have rolled so far back in our collective cranium, we can now actually see our frontal lobes.
“The eraser is an instrument of the devil because it perpetuates a culture of shame and error," Claxon sounded off. “It’s a way of lying to the world, which says ‘I didn’t make a mistake. I got it right first time’.
“That’s what happens who you can rub it out and replace it," he added. “Instead we need a culture where children are not afraid to make mistakes, they look at their mistakes and they learn from them, where they are continuously reflecting and improving on what they’ve done, not being enthralled to getting the right answer quickly and looking smart.”
How about this? Why don't we removed the backspace button from every keyboard in existence? Wait! That's not going far enough. We need to outlaw Tipp-Ex. No! Still not far enough! We need to enshrine in law that no one ever is allowed to delete anything. We'll name it the 'First Thought/Best Thought" legislation and Jack Kerouac fans will finally be able to wet themselves with joy on a daily basis.
Look, we see that if you burrow past the inflammatory invective, Claxon has some semblance of a point. But seriously, if you're a university professor, you need to come out with something more measured than that.