Less than a quarter of the public supports the “decolonization” of the school curriculum, according to a report.
According to a study by the UPP Foundation and the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi), only 23% of people in England think universities should actively remove material from college courses that reflects a “Western-dominated worldview”.
Almost a third (31%) are against the decolonization of the curriculum and another third (33%) neither agree nor disagree.
It comes after MPs demanded the Education Secretary to suspend taxpayer funding for Advance HE and launch an investigation as they warn the organization is restricting free speech on campus.
They say the organization’s practices – such as rewarding universities for “decolonizing” their curriculum – promote a program that “compromises academic freedom and freedom of expression.”
The survey, conducted among over 2,000 adults in England, found that there was much more support for expanding the curriculum to include people, events, material and topics from around the world, more than two in three (67%) of the public said they approved and only 4% disagreed.
Richard Brabner, director of the UPP Foundation, said universities sometimes seemed to be at the center of a “never-ending cultural war”.
He added: “But as our polls show, the way we talk about contentious issues, such as decolonization, can reduce or broaden the appeal. This is an important lesson. There are gaps in support for the sector. depending on voting intention, age and social class If these gaps widen, universities will have a difficult future.
“To increase public support, we need to demonstrate our value to people who do not typically engage with universities – that means adopting approaches that persuade. Linking our actions to their values.”
The survey suggests that demand for a degree remains high, with almost half of them saying they would like to attend university if they left school now.
Just over a quarter of the public said they would not opt for higher education if they left high school now, but most parents said they wanted their children to go to school. ‘university.
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