Guest Post – Why does Mt Albert Grammar not allow speeches on ‘free speech’?

I have a 15 year old son who goes to Mt Albert Grammar in Auckland…a school with a reputation as being one of the better schools in Auckland (though my experience with them has not been entirely positive).

For English, the class has to write and prepare a speech to be delivered in front of the whole year, not just the class, and, rightly or wrongly, speech topics have to be approved by their teacher in advance.   

Now my boy is not unlike his old mam…a little feisty, an independent thinker and the courage of a lion, and so it didn’t surprise me when he told me his speech topic was about Third Wave Feminism and how it was nothing more than an anarchic group of man-hating misfits (my paraphrasing). I was, of course, duly impressed, however the teacher was not quite as impressed and my son  was told that he would not be allowed to speak about Third Wave Feminism.

OK…so having had his first speech banned he decided then to speak about free speech. No, it didn’t seem that free speech was a suitable topic to speak about either, and he was banned from speaking about free speech.


“It’s ok mum”, he said as he rolled his eyes…”I’ll just smile and talk about some third rate PC sh*t”, and I could hear any respect he had for his teachers go the same way as mine went when I was his age…down the toilet.


-Name withheld by request

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