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Civics and Economics (Teaching)

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th May 1957.

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Photo of Mr Michael Maitland Stewart Mr Michael Maitland Stewart , Fulham 12:00 am, 9th May 1957

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Education what steps are taken by his Department to encourage the teaching of civics and economics in schools.

Photo of Sir Edward Boyle Sir Edward Boyle , Birmingham Handsworth

These subjects are widely taught in the upper forms of secondary schools of all kinds. My noble Friend approves of this practice, but it is not his policy to interfere with school curricula.

Photo of Mr Michael Maitland Stewart Mr Michael Maitland Stewart , Fulham

Has the hon. Gentleman or his noble Friend considered that the teaching of economics in particular may be unduly influenced by the opinions of universities, and that, after all, the great majority of people do not go to universities?

Photo of Sir Edward Boyle Sir Edward Boyle , Birmingham Handsworth

I am not clear what the hon. Gentleman has in mind, but perhaps we can have a discussion about it afterwards.

Photo of Mr James Ede Mr James Ede , South Shields

Can the hon. Gentleman assure us that there is no orthodox system, as viewed by the Ministry of Education, for these two subjects?

Photo of Sir Edward Boyle Sir Edward Boyle , Birmingham Handsworth

I do not think the Ministry is tied to any particular economist, if that is what the right hon. Gentleman means.