Teaching politics empowers our future citizens

Politics lessons aren’t about ‘brainwashing’ children – they are about presenting a range of ideas so the students can make their own minds up. Schools have a duty to tackle the subject, says David Tuck

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Are children really being “brainwashed” with left-wing politics in our schools? Calvin Robinson, head of computer science at St Mary’s and St John’s School in Hendon, north-west London, argued that they were in a piece for the Telegraph earlier this summer. His conclusions, based on personal observation and not a scientific study, grabbed headlines and sparked a furious response from the Conservatives, but the inevitable furore distracted debate from the real question of importance: when and how should students be taught about political ideas?

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