Anti-capitalist guidance for schools is ludicrous | Letters

Readers are unimpressed by Department for Education guidance instructing English schools not to use material that is critical of capitalism

As a retired social sciences teacher, I am appalled but not surprised to hear that the Department for Education is instructing English schools not to use material that is critical of capitalism , 27 September). I used to strive to present contemporary debates in a balanced fashion so that students could come to their own conclusions. We are now moving from implicitly to explicitly rightwing-biased social and historical curricula. This is the final nail in the coffin of teacher autonomy.

Prof Stuart Hall contended that this bias, when implicit, was part of a Gramscian social construction of neoliberal ideological hegemony that has been dominant since the 1970s. We are now seeing its full fruition with the culture war being led by No 10 and chorused in the rightwing press, with a parallel assault on journalism in the BBC and Channel 4. It is risible for the DfE to conflate capitalism with democracy.
Philip Wood
Kidlington, Oxfordshire

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