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Decolonisation, power and knowledge in the curriculum

Written By: Bennie Kara
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Chartered College of Teaching ¬∑ Decolonisation, power and knowledge in the curriculum   Within higher education, the phrase 'decolonising the curriculum' originated as part of the Rhodes Must Fall movement, originating in Cape Town, South Africa. The debate centred on the presence of a statue of imperialist politician Cecil Rhodes outside of the University of Cape Town. Following student-led protest, the emergence of the 'Rhodes Must Fall' Oxford campaign and the release of a twenty-minute film entitled 'Why is my curriculum white?' by students at UCL (University College London), the phrase gained traction in the wider education community. Looking at it through the lens of primary and secondary education in the UK presents a series of thinking points, made all the more germane following the events of recent months. The murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, in March and May 2020 respectively, triggered a wave of global protest. One welcome effect of these events ha

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