Following the introduction of the new Counter Terrorism Act (which received its Royal Assent in February this year) it is a requirement for all schools to work in preventing young people from being drawn into terrorism.
The problem is, as has happened in the past, the demand for action is laid down by government without too much information being supplied about how this can effectively be done.
After all, how do you teach KS3 children within a classroom situation to recognise and be able to counter what have become known as extremist narratives?
It is a problematic area, and the problem we have is that of setting political violence within the context of perceived injustice. Within this we need to show how perceived injustices of today are different from the injustices that have produced social and political change in the past.
It is a complex debate and a difficult teaching task which must incorporate citizenship, human rights and respect, civil and political engagement, the nature of identity, and how we relate to and co-exist with others.
To help solve this new teaching dilemma we have produced Radicalisation and Terrorism: A Teacher’s Handbook for Addressing Extremism.
It is a handbook which considers violence as a means of change throughout the world as a way of learning about what terrorism is, what terrorists do, and why, not just in the current context, but in conflicts in the past from the point of view of both victims and aggressors.
The role of social media within the process of radicalisation is also studied, and classroom activities are provided to stimulate creative thinking and interactive participation.
You can order Radicalisation and Terrorism: A Teacher’s Handbook for Addressing Extremism in any of these ways:
- On our website
- By phone on 01449 766629
- By fax on 01449 767122
- By email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- By post to Brilliant Publications, Mendlesham Industrial Estate, Norwich Road, Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5ND.