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UK: Left Furious at Ban on Teaching Anti-Capitalism at Schools

UK: Left Furious at Ban on Teaching Anti-Capitalism at Schools

The government has been accused of “extreme Conservative authoritarianism” after guidance advised schools to promote freedom of speech and not to use teaching materials produced by groups which call for an end to capitalism.

The document, published by the Department for Education last week, instructed that schools “should not under any circumstances” work with agencies or materials that “promote extreme positions”, including anti-capitalism along with support for illegal activity, racism, and opposition to freedom of speech.

The Department of Education guidelines, produced to help teachers plan relationships and sex education (RSE) lessons, also attracted ire from transgender activists despite the government’s inclusion of controversial new mandates requiring schools to promote homosexuality throughout the curriculum.

After government concern over a 4,400 per cent rise in the number of young girls referred to sex change clinics over the past decade, the guidance advises schools to ditch teaching materials which tell children to question their gender if they are interested in hobbies and clothes usually preferred by the opposite sex.

Child sex change campaign group, Mermaids, responded with a claim to have “grave concerns” about the new guidance, alleging it will make it “more difficult for transgender children and young people to identify confidently as themselves”.

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