Learning how to be British

The latest report on how to teach Britishness has been released. It argues that so far schools have failed to embrace the subject and called for a beefed up approach, full report here (pdf file). In the Observer, Conservative leader, David Cameron, takes up the theme as his party prepares to make its recommendations on the issue. In a somewhat curious contribution to the debate, he agrees with the central tenets of Labours approach – criticism of multi-culturalism, the need to learn English, teach British history and more celebrations of nationhood. However, Labour has gone about it in an insensitive and “mechanistic” way and ignored the need to address genuine divisions. Meanwhile, the Telegraph has been inspired to develop its own test on Britishness and it goes beyond names and dates, no peeking at the answers now.

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