The SNP (Scottish National Party) provoked controversy after advising teachers not to use the expression “British values” because it was considered too stigmatizing for some students.
The guidelines on the discussion of sensitive topics such as terrorism in class claim that the term “British values” can be “offensive” and even lead to the radicalization of some students.
“The concept is problematic. It can offend and embolden those groups which seek to assert that there is an inherent conflict between being British and being Muslim. ”
The government directive instructed teachers to use the words “shared values” instead.
A text called “Problematic Language” also urges teachers not to say “war on terror,” “Islamist terrorism,” or “jihadism” in current affairs courses.
Liz Smith, a spokeswoman for the Conservative Party in Scotland, said, “Parents will be surprised and very angry. British values are part of our history and are important to the culture of this country. ”
British Security Minister Ben Wallace has accused Education Scotland of “preferring political correctness to the well-being of children.”