John Denham criticises Gove's approach to teaching British values in schools

MP warns British values cannot be set in stone

MP warns British values cannot be set in stone

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Parliamentary Correspondent

MICHAEL Gove must not be allowed to decide singlehandedly the ‘British values’ to be taught in British schools, a Southampton MP said.

John Denham, the Itchen MP, backed new moves to ensure all schools promote the same “shared values” in the wake of the ‘Trojan Horse’ controversy in Birmingham.

But, staging a Commons debate, Mr Denham accused the Education Secretary of undermining that work, by downgrading citizenship education.

Mr Denham said many people saw Mr Gove’s latest move as “ill-judged and counter-productive” and “more about the forthcoming election, than British values”.

And he told ministers: “British values are crucial, but they are not timeless, unchanging and cannot be taught by dictat.”

This week, Mr Gove unveiled the new rules, requiring all pupils to be taught about freedom, democracy, tolerance, respect and the rule of law.

Schools currently have to “respect” values such as tolerance for people of different faiths, but, under the new rules, to kick in from September, they must be “actively promoted”.

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10:39pm Wed 25 Jun 14

sotonboy84 says...

All this coming from the MP who wrote to the government (jointly with Alan Whitehead) & asked them to relax immigration rules so a non-British man from outside the EU could bring his wife & child to the UK. The man married his wife after he was told the minimum income he needed to earn for them all to live in the UK but married her & got her pregnant & accused the UK of ripping them apart.

John a Denham is a complete hypocrite who does not stand for British values. He stands for his own political values & gains.
All this coming from the MP who wrote to the government (jointly with Alan Whitehead) & asked them to relax immigration rules so a non-British man from outside the EU could bring his wife & child to the UK. The man married his wife after he was told the minimum income he needed to earn for them all to live in the UK but married her & got her pregnant & accused the UK of ripping them apart. John a Denham is a complete hypocrite who does not stand for British values. He stands for his own political values & gains. sotonboy84
  • Score: 7

11:19pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Home Rule for England says...

John Denham has in the past made speeches about the rise of English pride following devolution to Scotland Wales and N.Ireland. He believes that Labour needs to brings an English dimension to our cultural, economic, political and democratic policies. He has said that we should talk of the English NHS or English universities, when that is what we mean.
So why on earth has he gone against all this by saying that Michael Gove must not be allowed to decide singlehandedly the ‘British values’ to be taught in British schools?
I find it difficult to believe that Mr Denham is unaware that Mr Gove is only responsible for education in English schools and can no more decide what is taught in Scottish Welsh and N.Irish schools than I can. The Scottish Minister for Education is Michael Russell MSP a member of the SNP's Scottish government. As a Scottish nationalist I doubt very much that he would want British values taught in Scottish schools.
Has Mr Denham gone back to the ways of many Westminster politicians who say Britain when they mean England?
John Denham has in the past made speeches about the rise of English pride following devolution to Scotland Wales and N.Ireland. He believes that Labour needs to brings an English dimension to our cultural, economic, political and democratic policies. He has said that we should talk of the English NHS or English universities, when that is what we mean. So why on earth has he gone against all this by saying that Michael Gove must not be allowed to decide singlehandedly the ‘British values’ to be taught in British schools? I find it difficult to believe that Mr Denham is unaware that Mr Gove is only responsible for education in English schools and can no more decide what is taught in Scottish Welsh and N.Irish schools than I can. The Scottish Minister for Education is Michael Russell MSP a member of the SNP's Scottish government. As a Scottish nationalist I doubt very much that he would want British values taught in Scottish schools. Has Mr Denham gone back to the ways of many Westminster politicians who say Britain when they mean England? Home Rule for England
  • Score: -3

8:21am Thu 26 Jun 14

tootle says...

British Values? Teaching British History a nice broad sweep including the Domesday book, Magna Carta, Bill of rights, wars, slavery, immigration etc would envelop in children a sense of what, who, how this country evolved into the Britain of today - we covered 1066 to the Boer war in general and in 3 years(7 - 9) at secondary school. There are parts of British and World history I discovered after I had left school, the overview didn't leave time for anguishing over child labour, Irish potato famine, slave trade, etc but it gave us the tools and interest to find out more if we wanted to.

The past informs the future but should not control it.
British Values? Teaching British History a nice broad sweep including the Domesday book, Magna Carta, Bill of rights, wars, slavery, immigration etc would envelop in children a sense of what, who, how this country evolved into the Britain of today - we covered 1066 to the Boer war in general and in 3 years(7 - 9) at secondary school. There are parts of British and World history I discovered after I had left school, the overview didn't leave time for anguishing over child labour, Irish potato famine, slave trade, etc but it gave us the tools and interest to find out more if we wanted to. The past informs the future but should not control it. tootle
  • Score: 5

8:44am Thu 26 Jun 14

steekeemcglue says...

Denham is a hypocrite.... the voters of Southampton seem to like hypocrites...
Denham is a hypocrite.... the voters of Southampton seem to like hypocrites... steekeemcglue
  • Score: 1

10:10am Thu 26 Jun 14

aldermoorboy says...

Royston would have beaten Denham if he had stayed and Denham new it
Royston would have beaten Denham if he had stayed and Denham new it aldermoorboy
  • Score: -6

9:17pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Shoong says...

southy wrote:
Well off topic, real indepent news on the internet have been attack today, many have been removed, control of the internet as started will not belong now before you will not be allowed to post unless it favours the government or big business.
So, your response is to post on a local new website.
The Illuminati must be terrified. I'd check any parcels for ticking if I were you.

And hasn't that car outside your house containing two men with dark sunglasses not aroused your suspicions yet...?
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Well off topic, real indepent news on the internet have been attack today, many have been removed, control of the internet as started will not belong now before you will not be allowed to post unless it favours the government or big business.[/p][/quote]So, your response is to post on a local new website. The Illuminati must be terrified. I'd check any parcels for ticking if I were you. And hasn't that car outside your house containing two men with dark sunglasses not aroused your suspicions yet...? Shoong
  • Score: 0

9:26am Mon 30 Jun 14

Dan Soton says...

I doff my hat to you Sir or is that soon to be Lord John Denham?


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‘British values’ to be taught in British schools,

Let’s celebrate our confident Englishness

Southampton residents urged to host St George's Day events



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I doff my hat to you Sir or is that soon to be Lord John Denham? Quotes.. ‘British values’ to be taught in British schools, Let’s celebrate our confident Englishness Southampton residents urged to host St George's Day events ,, Dan Soton
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