Preventing Radicalisation: Let’s not clutch at straws.

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Screen shot 2015-03-01 at 12.04.01 This article by Julian Baggini asks important questions. Is radicalisation brainwashing?

This is a short reflection on the growing imperative for schools to ‘do something’ about the radicalisation of young Muslim teenagers.  The recent case of three girls from Bethnal Green Academy leaving home in order to join IS has brought the issue onto the agenda for schools once again.  I found it painful to see the Headteacher forced onto the defensive in the media, making the case that the school didn’t allow access to Facebook and Twitter – as if that showed that they’d taken sensible enough precautions and, therefore, absolved them of responsibility.  For all we know, maximum access to Twitter and Facebook might be a better way to prevent radicalisation – but the Head was under unacceptably intense pressure to defend his school.

The truth is that this is complex and we barely understand it.  It would be…

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