London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

The first big test: citizenship education and the Second Gulf War

Author(s) Rutter, J:  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2003  
Editor Europe of Many Cultures, Alastair Ross Ed.  
Language English  
Age group -  
On Thursday 20th March 2003 US and British troops invaded Iraq. At noon that day over 1500 school children gathered in Parliament Square, London, to voice their opposition to the war. School pupil demonstrations were held in other city centres and other children marched out of school and held local demonstrations. Such organised pupil protests are very rare in the UK. Teachers' reactions to the pupil protests were very mixed. While some schools allowed pupils to attend the demonstration, and encouraged their interest in politics, other did not. The response to the Gulf War among citizenship departments in schools was also very varied. This was felt to be an important issue to examine: arguably the Second Gulf War was the first big challenge to this new subject.

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