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Disunited Kingdom By David Conway

Disunited Kingdom by David Conway

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For many years, faith schools were popular and uncontroversial. This title examines the claims made against faith schools and finds them to be without foundation, whilst acknowledging that some schools run by fundamentalist Muslim groups give legitimate cause for concern.

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Disunited Kingdom: How the Government's Community Cohesion Agenda Undermines British Identity and Nationhood by David Conway

For many years, faith schools were popular and uncontroversial. Parents like them, and they produce better-than-average results. However, the riots that broke out in some British cities in 2001, followed by the terrorist atrocities of 9/11 and 7/7, have focused attention on the danger of allowing young people to grow up in ghettoes, separated from the mainstream of society. Faith schools have consequently been blamed for damaging social cohesion. In "Disunited Kingdom David" Conway examines the claims made against faith schools and finds them to be without foundation, whilst acknowledging that some schools run by fundamentalist Muslim groups give legitimate cause for concern. He goes on to argue that the government's community cohesion agenda, based on pressurising members of different groups to mix with each other, may be ineffective and even counter-productive. The new Identity and Diversity strand added to citizenship education seems designed to undermine any sense of common belonging or national pride. What schools should be doing is teaching British history properly and making sure that pupils are fluent in English. The dominant native language and culture should be privileged in schools. We also need to see evidence that Ofsted is taking seriously the threat to social cohesion presented by a minority of fundamentalist Muslim schools. The main threats to community cohesion in Britain today come from mass immigration and the radicalisation of young British-born Muslims. The Government alone has the capacity to deal with these threats, but chooses to pursue a less troublesome and less effective strategy instead.

About David Conway

David Conway is a Senior Research Fellow at Civitas. His publications include A Farewell to Marx; Classical Liberalism: The Unvanquished Ideal; FreeA ]Market Feminism; The Rediscovery of Wisdom; In Defence of the Realm: The Place of Nations in Classical Liberalism and A Nation of Immigrants? A Brief Demographic History of Britain. Before joining Civitas, Conway was Professor of Philosophy at Middlesex University and Head of its School of Philosophy and Religious Studies.

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GOR007359529
9781906837051
1906837058
Disunited Kingdom: How the Government's Community Cohesion Agenda Undermines British Identity and Nationhood by David Conway
Used - Good
Paperback
Civitas
2009-04-20
198
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