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Government guidance slammed for defining anti-capitalism as ‘extremist’

NEW Department for Education guidance on sex and relationships education has been called out for categorising anti-capitalism as an “extreme political stance” and equating it with opposition to freedom of speech, anti-semitism and endorsement of illegal activity.

The guidance tells English schools not to use resources from organisations which have expressed a desire to “overthrow” capitalism.

One teacher told the Morning Star: “I am worried that if this definition of extremist political positions is extended to other guidance, it will bar teachers from using resources from any organisation which has ever advocated an alternative to our current economic system.

“Will we be forced to report parents on the left of the Labour Party to the authorities?” 

Former shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the measures effectively outlawed reference in schools to key events in British history, and symbolised growing “authoritarianism” in the Conservative Party.


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