Teachers told not to promote Black Lives Matter as Britain cracked down on school political prejudice

Teachers should promote to students the “partisan political views” of organizations such as Black Lives Matter under new guidance issued by the British Government to ensure political equity in the classroom. It will not be.

Political fairness in schoolsGuidance released by the Ministry of Education (DfE) on February 17 will help teachers avoid “promoting disputed theories in fact,” said Secretary of Education Nadim Zahawi.

According to the guidance, when schools teach about campaigning organizations like Black Lives Matter, it should be aware that this may cover a “partisan political view.” From the police. “

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March 8, 2021, students in a classroom in an English school. (Danny Lawson / PA)

The view of such parties “beyond the common principle that racism is unacceptable, which is the view that schools should strengthen,” government guidance said.

Guidance suggests that the teachings of historical figures should focus on factual information.

“When teaching young students about historical figures whose heritage is contested, if the teacher thinks that the students may not understand their disputed aspects, these figures are the most famous and about them. It may be wise to focus on factual information: life, beliefs, actions. “

Guidance emphasized that a balanced approach should be taken when addressing controversial historical issues in the classroom.

For example, topics related to empires and imperialism with different “partisan political views” should be taught in a balanced way.

He added that students should not be presented with views that oppose basic social values, such as views that deny freedom of speech and democratic processes.

When inviting politicians and activists to speak at school, teachers need to invite different speakers with different views or aim to teach directly about other candidates and political parties to promote balance. I have.

In the guidance, Zahawi said: “In the last few years, there has often been much debate about political equity in schools, often in the context of specific political issues and movements.”

“I know this can be difficult because school leaders, teachers and staff navigate sensitive and appropriate ways to handle and teach these complex issues,” he adds. I did.

“That’s why we’re pleased that the government has published clear guidance explaining the school’s existing legal obligations regarding political equity.”

“There are no off-limits subjects in the classroom, as long as they are treated in an age-appropriate manner, sensitively and respectfully, without promoting the factually disputed theory,” Zahawi said. I am.

PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan


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