Now, remember when you read the following – it would only apply to children in England:
The subject of teaching Britishness in schools has taken a fresh twist with claims that patriotism should be taught as a “controversial issue”.
The government wants children to develop a sense of British identity through history lessons.
But academics at the Institute of Education say pupils should not be encouraged to love Britain because it has a “morally ambiguous” history.
They also found just 9% of teachers think schools should teach patriotism.
And if the poll is correct, the majority of teachers are right. It’s not their job to preach, but to teach. Hence the name “teacher”.
But that’s beside the point, according to David Blunkett, former education secretary and total bastard, who claims:
too few teachers have been trained up to give compulsory citizenship classes.
He is calling on the Schools Secretary Ed Balls to employ a full-time minister to ensure government targets are met.
The Department for Schools insists it is “fully committed to high quality teaching of the subject”.
From 2002, citizenship lessons became a legal requirement for pupils from age 11 to 16 at schools in England.
Statutory citizenship education is not part of the national curriculum in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
Wonko is of the opinion that the project is doomed to failure.