‘Hitler’ teach­ing row at school

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Ai­dan Bar­low abar­low@thek­m­group.co.uk @aidan­bar­lowKM

Ash­ford MP Damian Green has at­tacked a teacher’s bias af­ter right wing political ideas were linked to Adolf Hitler and selfish­ness.

Mr Green was alerted by a wor­ried con­stituent whose child had been given the Year 10 les­son ma­te­ri­als at school.

They con­tained a ques­tion which asked “What is left and right wing?” Below it were bul­let points in two col­umns for left and right wing political val­ues.

The right wing col­umn was linked with Hitler and given val­ues such as “less help to the peo­ple” com­pared to left wingers, and also stated the right gives “more help for busi­nesses” and as­serts “we are not equal”.

By con­trast there was no sign of Soviet tyrant Stalin in the left wing col­umn, which in­stead was linked with “com­mu­nism”, “the NHS”, “help­ing the peo­ple” and the no­tion that “ev­ery­one should be equal”.

Con­ser­va­tive Mr Green was left unim­pressed by the page, which was not part of the na­tional cur­ricu­lum and was in­stead made by a teacher at the school.

Last week he wrote to the Sec­re­tary of State for Education Nicky Mor­gan to raise his con­cerns.

He said: “Ev­ery­one’s first re­ac­tion to this was that this is shock­ing. I’m told that the ma­te­ri­als were pre­pared es­pe­cially for a les­son in­side the school.

“It’s clear that the ma­te­rial in it­self was pro­ject­ing an idea that was com­pletely un­ac­cept­able.

“I have spo­ken with the school and I’m sat­is­fied that all the right ac­tions have now been taken to make sure that the way pol­i­tics is taught in school is un­bi­ased and serv­ing a proper pur­pose.

“I have been as­sured by the school that the ma­te­rial didn’t re­flect the les­son as it was taught to the pupils.”

Mr Green said he wasn’t pre­pared to name the school where the teacher had pro­duced the work ma­te­ri­als, and said he has yet to re­ceive a re­ply from the Depart­ment of Education.

In June 2014 the pre­vi­ous coali­tion govern­ment pub­lished a frame­work doc­u­ment for the na­tional cur­ricu­lum to be taught to pupils.

As part of the re­quire­ment for good cit­i­zen­ship it stated that teach­ers should en­sure that pupils gain a “sound knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing” of how Bri­tain is gov­erned, Bri­tish democ­racy and the political sys­tem.

Pupils should also be “equipped to think crit­i­cally and de­bate political ques­tions”.

Have your chil­dren been af­fected by th­ese les­son ma­te­ri­als? What do you think? Email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group.co.uk or write to us Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, TN24 8BT.

MP Damian Green

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