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‘Be brutally honest with young kids about extremism’

In the face of increasing societal fear and political uncertainty, the husband of murdered MP Jo Cox says that teachers should not shy away from the big questions

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When the MP Jo Cox was shot and stabbed by a far-right extremist, her husband, Brendan, was placed in the unenviable position of having to explain to his young children what had happened.

Then, when a suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena last week, he found himself having to explain all over again to his children – now four and six – how acts of extremism can result in the deaths of innocent people.

“Talking to my own kids about it, I’ve told them what happened, and that people died,” he tells Tes. “But I wanted to couple that with a perspective that they are ...

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