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      School Britannia? Rhetorical and educational uses of 'British values'

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      London Review of Education
      IOE Press
      BRITISH VALUES, ISLAMISM, MULTICULTURALISM, PLURALISM, AUTONOMY, REASON, CITIZENSHIP
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            Abstract

            Schools in England are now required by law to 'actively promote British values' (DfE, 2014). This paper seeks to set this requirement within the context of a somewhat longer history of debates about values in Britain. It discusses the views of certain neoconservatives who claim that multiculturalism has eroded or even abolished British values. It then discusses the refocusing of the debate in relation to the rise of Islamist terrorism and examines some of the key rhetorical responses of leading UK politicians. The view that 'promoting British values' will strengthen identities and promote social cohesion is challenged. The concluding section of the paper develops an argument focused on liberal values, and stresses the importance in a pluralistic society of prioritizing certain values over others – notably rationality and autonomy – especially in education. Aspects of the work of Amartya Sen, John Rawls, Bernard Crick and Charles Bailey are discussed in this regard.

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            10430
            London Review of Education
            IOE Press
            1474-8460
            17 July 2018
            : 16
            : 2
            : 228-238
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            1474-8460(20180717)16:2L.228;1- s4.phd /ioep/clre/2018/00000016/00000002/art00004
            10.18546/LRE.16.2.04
            186672e1-bc1c-41bd-99ea-670d78df8149
            Copyright @ 2018
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            Education,Assessment, Evaluation & Research methods,Educational research & Statistics,General education
            CITIZENSHIP,BRITISH VALUES,ISLAMISM,MULTICULTURALISM,REASON,AUTONOMY,PLURALISM

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