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Restricted access: a history of national political education in Britain

By Andrew Mycock


The lack of explicit political education in Britain to all young people is\ud widely recognised amongst political and educational elites alike. Since the late-1960s\ud there has been a growing interest in the provision of some form of political education\ud within the state education system. There have been a number of justifications for this\ud interest, but concern over the perceived political apathy, and disengagement, of young\ud people is now seen by some to be threatening the stability, and legitimacy, of\ud democracy in Britain.\ud The following paper seeks to assess approaches to political education in Britain in a\ud number of differing ways. Firstly, it will consider the value of political education. The\ud paper will then discuss the lack of equality of educational provision in Britain since\ud 1870. There will be consideration of state approaches and attitudes toward political\ud education, and the extent to which the incumbent Labour government has inculcated\ud an active citizenship culture within the education system. The paper will conclude\ud with some comments regarding problems concerning political education provision\ud within the state system in Britai

Topics: D1, DA, JA, L1
Year: 2004
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