Study raises concerns over English students' citizenship education

11/22/2010 | BBC

A new study found that English students' attitudes on some civic issues becomes less tolerant as they grow older and their trust in politicians declines. The study is raising questions about civics instruction. Researchers followed a cohort of 24,000 children for nine years beginning at age 11 and found that compared to their international peers, British students' attitudes were less tolerant on immigration, jail sentences and government benefits. Citizenship education is mandatory in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and is a national priority in Scotland.

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