Schools in England should not use anti-capitalist and other extreme materials in teaching, the UK government told them on Sept. 24.
The advice comes as part of the extensive Department of Education (DfE) guidance announced for schools on setting their relationships, sex, and health curriculum.
Schools should not “under any circumstances” use resources developed by groups that “take extreme political stances” even if the resources themselves are not explicitly extreme, the government said in a statement.
Banned materials include those from organizations that want to “overthrow democracy, capitalism, or to end free speech and fair elections,” it said.
Resources from such organizations opposing free speech, and the freedoms of association, assembly, religion, and conscience are out of bounds, it added.
Opposing Free Speech
The guidelines met with criticism from Labour members of Parliament.
On Twitter, Beth Winter called the guidance “sinister and alarming” in a post agreeing with Shadow Chancellor John McDonell that it was indicative of a “growing authoritarianism” on the part of Britains Conservative Party.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International UK (AIUK) said the government guidance was needed but had overreached when it came to banning anti-capitalist materials.
“While its clearly necessary to avoid materials with homophobic, racist or similarly extreme content being used as teaching tools in our schools, its a step too far to ban materials which question an economic model such as capitalism,” Allan Hogarth, AIUKs head of policy and government affairs, said in an emailed statement.
“The only extreme view here is the one which suggests that its somehow illegitimate to even consider the validity of socio-economic systems other than the prevailing one,” he added.
A Variety of Views
Minister of State for School Standards Nick Gibb said the curriculum guidelines would help schools provide an environment echoing a variety of views and supporting individual pupils.
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