Education, extremism, and aversion to compromise

Michael Hand*

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    Schools plausibly have a role to play in countering radicalization by taking steps to prevent the acquisition of extremist beliefs, dispositions and attitudes. A core component of the extremist mindset is aversion to compromise. Michael Hand inquires here into the possibility, desirability, and means of educating against this attitude. He argues that aversion to compromise is demonstrably undesirable and readiness to compromise demonstrably desirable, so discursive teaching of these attitudes should guide pupils toward these verdicts. And he identifies three methods of formative teaching by which readiness to compromise can be cultivated in pupils.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)341-354
    Number of pages14
    JournalEducational Theory
    Issue number3
    Early online date9 Jul 2023
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2023


    • discursive teaching
    • Prevent duty
    • compromise
    • extremism
    • formative teaching
    • conative attitudes


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