Patriotism in British Schools: Principles, practices and press hysteria

M. Hand, J. Pearce

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    How should patriotism be handled in schools? We argue that schools cannot afford to ignore the topic, but nor are they justified in either promoting or discouraging patriotic feeling in students. The only defensible policy is for schools to adopt a stance of neutrality and teach the topic as a controversial issue. We go on to show that there is general support among British teachers and students for school neutrality on patriotism and that the currently preferred classroom practice is to address patriotic ideas in the context of open discussion. We conclude with some discussion of the extensive and often hostile coverage of our research in the British press.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)453-465
    Number of pages13
    JournalEducational Philosophy and Theory
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009


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