Hobson’s Choice

Today I was speaking to someone who works in a school. She was telling me about this “brilliant” strategy in the school that’s “all about giving students choice” and that it works especially well with students who have “Something Going On” which is her phrase for “special needs”.

The choice is basically “do [this thing you don’t want to do] and then you can [do this thing you actually want to do] or don’t do either.”

She then kind of laughed and admitted it was a “Hobson’s Choice”. I hadn’t heard that phrase before but I knew what she meant. So after she’d gone I googled “a choice that’s not a choice” and it was the first thing that popped up.

I’d be raging if anyone offered me a Hobson’s Choice. And I’m raging that it’s seen as a suitable way of treating schoolchildren.

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