Education, Extremism and Criticality
This conference was for all those involved in education, the seduction of extremism in all its various forms raises serious questions: How do we define extremism? What is educational interest in extremism? Does the sympathy for extremism, religious and far-right, among some young people reflect the failure of liberal education to enable young minds to critically interrogate the siren calls of violent extremist voices? How has the neoliberalisation of mainstream education promoting a functionalist, market-orientated approach affected education’s capacity to build criticality? What is the relationship between official discourses, pedagogies and curricula of ‘citizenship’ and the lived experience of being a young British citizen?
Organised by the Centre for Research and Evaluation in Muslim Education (CREME) at the UCL Institute of Education in partnership with BERA (SIG on Religious and Moral Education) and Middlesex University, day brought together academics, educationalists, practitioners, policy makers, community organisations and others to explore this important issue.
Details of papers and presenters are available here