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Subject: Schools 'must teach Britishness'
perfectgeneral    1/25/2007 7:21:41 AM
Mr Johnson will say Britain is a nation built from and by people from other countries. "I believe passionately that schools can and should play a leading role in creating greater community cohesion and combating ignorance of other countries, religions and cultures," he will say. "By 2010 one in five pupils in our schools will be from an ethnic minority - this is a challenge but also an opportunity to instil a culture of understanding and tolerance at an early age. "The values our children learn at school will shape the kind of country Britain becomes." I'm amazed that this kind of lesson isn't common practice already. I'm not looking for classes full of jingoistic little englanders marching jackbooted in step to music from the last night of the proms. I just expect a little sense of team spirit, national purpose and community. A cadet after school group in every school wouldn't hurt either.
 
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perfectgeneral       1/25/2007 7:34:47 AM

Sorry I lost most of the story in that first post. Here's the first bit again:

Source: BBC News online

Schools in England should teach "core British values" alongside cultural diversity, a report will say.

A review of how schools teach citizenship and diversity found there was not enough emphasis on British identity and history.

The study, by Sir Keith Ajegbo, says pupils should be taught more about what binds them together.

Education Secretary Alan Johnson will say schools should "play a leading role in creating community cohesion".

He will say it will be compulsory for secondary school pupils up to the age of 16 to learn about shared values and life in the UK in their citizenship lessons.

British values

Ahead of the unveiling of the plans, Mr Johnson told BBC Radio 4's Today programme how he defined "Britishness".

"It involves the values that we hold very dear in Britain which is free speech, which is tolerance, which is respect for the rule of law," he said.

He added the Ajegbo report said more could be done to ensure children "explore, discuss and debate their identities within their citizenship lessons".

Sir Keith, a former head teacher of a London school and Home Office adviser, has concluded that pupils should be taught more about the history of Britain and about how British values of tolerance and respect developed.

He was asked to look at how the subject of "Citizenship" was being taught in schools. It became compulsory in England's secondary schools in 2002.

Last year schools inspectors Ofsted said the subject was taught badly in one in four schools in England.

Sir Keith's report, which was commissioned by the government, will say more needs to be done to engage white, particularly working-class pupils, with the issue of diversity.

It will say white pupils can feel disenfranchised as much as pupils from other ethnic backgrounds.

"Many indigenous white pupils have negative perceptions of their own identity," it will say.

"It makes no sense in our report to focus on minority ethnic pupils without trying to address and understand the issues for white pupils. It is these white pupils whose attitudes are overwhelmingly important in creating community cohesion.

"Nor is there any advantage in creating confidence in minority ethnic pupils if it leaves white pupils feeling disenfranchised and resentful."

Slavery

The compulsory lessons in shared values for secondary school pupils which will be confirmed by Mr Johnson will include history topics.

At the moment, history is optional after the age of 14. The historical lessons could include topics such as slavery and the movement towards votes for all.

Government is constantly meddling in the corriculum, administration of schools and in the classroom, but I think that this is one area that should be defined centrally, though probably not by the government. I'm sure that we have educational academics more qualified to prescribe the syllabus for Civics.


 
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PuckaMan       1/25/2007 7:35:09 AM
Hmm - 'Britishness' this eems reminicient of Japan's Shinzo Abe and the Ministry of Education wanting to make students more 'patriotic' i.e to cram how good Japan is in everything down thier throats. If it wasn't for the unresolved history debate re. WW2 in Japan, it wouldn't be so scary.
 
Bottom line is, you can't force someone to love thier country. You have to do it by laying the history out on the table, both good and bad (which ALL nations/countries have, no exceptions) and letting students decide for themselves. As for values - educating children in tolerance and good citizenship is a no brainer. Okay, the idealist in me has gone to bed now....
 
The realist in me says this is just politics, and the glutton says go and make a sandwich....
 
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Yimmy       1/25/2007 4:03:44 PM

Bottom line is, you can't force someone to love thier country.

No, you can't make someone love England, but you can teach them the standards expected of them in our society.

Fail to pass the year and they get deported.

I saw "V for Vendetta" last night, good film.  I am not suggesting we end free speech or anything - but I do not see any room those radical groups who incite hatred.

 
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Herc the Merc    Yimmy give us reasons to love England?? Say I didn't luv England how would u convince me??   1/25/2007 4:25:46 PM




Bottom line is, you can't force someone to love thier country.



No, you can't make someone love England, but you can teach them the standards expected of them in our society.

Fail to pass the year and they get deported.

I saw "V for Vendetta" last night, good film.  I am not suggesting we end free speech or anything - but I do not see any room those radical groups who incite hatred.


Lets hear how u would Englandize foreigners---
 
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