British schools ordered to not use any anti-capitalist resources

St. George’s Hall, Liverpool, 13March2015, Photo: Anthony Moretti

According to the Guardian,

Department for Education (DfE) guidance issued on Thursday for school leaders and teachers involved in setting the relationship, sex and health curriculum categorised anti-capitalism as an “extreme political stance” and equated it with opposition to freedom of speech, antisemitism and endorsement of illegal activity.

All of that sounds good, right? Well, read deeper, and you come across this quote from former shadow chancellor John McDonnell:

“On this basis it will be illegal to refer to large tracts of British history and politics including the history of British socialism, the Labour Party and trade unionism, all of which have at different times advocated the abolition of capitalism.

“This is another step in the culture war and this drift towards extreme Conservative authoritarianism is gaining pace and should worry anyone who believes that democracy requires freedom of speech and an educated populace.”

Almost sounds like “patriotic education,” no?

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