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Should citizenship be taught in British schools?

By Damian Green   September 2002

Dear Damian Green

19th July 2002

I first discovered your doubts about citizenship becoming a new subject in secondary schools (starting in September) from an article you wrote in the Observer, about the experience of teaching for a few days in Southfields College, Wandsworth. You were impressed with how hard teachers work, and with their grasp of difficult issues, from Aquinas’s “first cause” doctrine to hard drugs. But you said of one meeting you attended: “I wish that all those congratulating themselves for adding citizenship to the curriculum could have heard the discussion about what would have to make way…

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