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Beyond Prevent: helping students to think critically is a better way to discourage extremism

Mike Diboll and Reza Gholami,  The government’s counter-extremism Prevent strategy has come under serious criticism. Commentators say it risks intensifying the very extremism it is intended to “prevent”. Mounting evidence suggests that it is at best ineffective, at worst counter-productive. Surely, it

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Muslim education: should teachers be storm troopers or facilitators of debate and intercultural understanding?

Farah Ahmed Delegates to this year’s NUT conference raised concerns about the new requirement for teachers to ‘counter extremism’ and ‘actively promote British Values’. This policy was characterised as requiring teachers to act as ‘storm troopers’ – expected to spy

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