Is traditionalism right-wing?

Clio et cetera

Traditionalism is often characterised as ‘right-wing’: indeed, some have gone so far as to label supporters of educational traditionalism as members of the far-right. I have seen teachers who proclaim themselves to be ‘left-wing’ accused of being traitors to their political affiliations who, through their traditional views of education, show their ‘true colours’. I think this reveals a deep misunderstanding of what traditionalism is, and I want to use this post to put my view on this forward. I should be clear from the outset that what I offer here is a personal take: I am confident that some other teachers who call themselves traditionalists will reject my take on traditionalism here, and I am also sure that critics of educational traditionalism are unlikely to be persuaded of its merits, though I would ask that readers appreciate that this is offered in the spirit of bringing nuance to a debate…

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