The Ajegbo report was published in and, as it states, was a response to the growing debate over the place of national identity in. ‘Age of Catastrophe’, Ajegbo Report, All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education,. 24А American War of. Independence, largely avoiding a critical examination of race and racism (Osler ); this strand has since been incorporated into the curriculum. The Ajegbo report notes that.
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At the moment, history is optional after the age of Slavery The new element for citizenship lessons will be called “Identity and Diversity: Chris Davies, Amersham Send us your comments Sir Keith said citizenship lessons had been introduced as a response to political apathy but it was now time to broaden their remit.
News services Your news when you want it. For what Ajegbo actually highlighted was the poverty of many white, working-class children’s sense of identity.
There seems to be no consensus on how issues such as the British empire should be approached and what teaching resources should be used. He believes plenty needs to ajegbl done to raise pupils’ attainment and sense of belonging, such as reconnecting with traditional working-class values, but argues the citizenship curriculum is not the right place.
E-mail this to a friend. It is Ajegbo’s prescription that has sparked off the debate.
BBC NEWS | UK | Education | Schools ‘must teach Britishness’
Ministers see schools as a key place to promote understanding between communities and to combat intolerance and religious extremism. Citizenship is already compulsory in secondary schools. Xjegbo became compulsory in England’s secondary schools in Do you think that schools should teach ‘Britishness’? When you understand another person’s culture, you’re much more likely to respect them. They are things that are fundamental to our society.
Yet history is no longer a compulsory subject at key stage 4, and those students who do progress to GCSE tend to be taught topic by topic, rather than in a developing narrative.
Living together in the UK”. Schools can give distinct lessons on the subject or introduce elements of it in various lessons. The values our children learn at school will shape the kind of country Britain becomes Alan Johnson, Education Secretary Sir Keith said: The values our children learn at school will shape the kind of country Britain becomes Alan Johnson, Education Secretary.
The report, by Sir Keith Ajegbo, says pupils should study free speech, the rule of law, mutual tolerance and respect for equal rights. Schools ‘must teach Britishness’. It is vitally important that the government and the media address this fundamental issue as well. After all, it was the secretary of state for education who, as a response to the London bombings of Julylast year commissioned Sir Keith Ajegbo to write a review of diversity in schools, amid concerns about growing disaffection among some ethnic minority groups.
You couldn’t quibble with the ideas, but it was hard to see what made any of these values uniquely British.
Resolving this dilemma is at the heart of Ajegbo’s report.
I’ve no problem with bringing history into citizenship lessons when discussing asylum seekers, but the July 7 bombings weren’t about values, they were about politics. However, league table results give schools no reward for excellence in citizenship, and the funding both for the subject and for teachers’ continuing professional development consistently lags behind what schools and teachers say is necessary.
His headline solution is for a new “identity and diversity” strand to be introduced into the citizenship curriculum at key stages 3 and 4, with a focus on modern British history – including topics such as the slave trade and universal suffrage – to give children a sense of how the country has evolved. Thursday, 25 January E-mail this to a friend Printable version. How dare they try to teach Britishness in only English schools! British values He said youngsters should be encouraged to think critically about issues of race, ethnicity and religion with “an explicit link” to current political debates, the news and a sense of British values.
The guerilla plant How the world’s oldest clove tree defied an ajdgbo. The values our children learn at school will shape the kind of country Britain becomes. His report says more could be done to ensure children “explore, discuss and debate their identities within their rreport lessons”.
Last year schools inspectors Ofsted said the subject was taught badly in one in four schools in England.
How to be British
Few would argue with Ajegbo’s diagnosis. So I’m not sure citizenship lessons aren’t being diverted into being something other than originally intended. Send us your comments.