Lessons to stamp out extremism in schools

Schoolchildren are being asked to debate whether “all white people are fascists” as part of classes to combat violent extremism.

DAILY TELEGRAPH, 17 Nov 2009: The lessons are being staged in Lancashire, which has some of the highest numbers of ethnic minority pupils, before being expanded to other areas.

Pupils are also required to challenge the view that “all Muslims are extremists”.

Teachers are encouraged to lead pupils as young as 11 in discussions surrounding racist stereotypes to stop children being groomed by radical groups.

Graham Mallinson, a former secondary school teacher and managing director of d2 Digital, which designed the on-line lesson material, said: “This is the language that’s used within the extremist literature handed to young people outside schools – whether that’s from far right or faith-based groups. We need to get young people to confront these opinions.”

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