This article raises important questions on Cameron’s new plans to tackle radicalisation and integration through the teaching of english. It was written by Shaheen Sattar, who recently finished her BA in International Politics at King’s College London.
In this piece, Sattar draws on her personal experience as well as examples of home-grown radicalisations to oppose Cameron’s stance that language barriers can lead to extremism. She questions: ‘If learning English steers women from extremist values, then how did the Kardashian-watching British-born girls of Hackney Academy become radicalised’? In her opinion, radicalisation is not a direct outcome of poor English skills, but rather a result of what she calls a ‘demonisation’ and isolation of the British Muslim population allowed, if not fostered, by the UK government itself.
By Aliaume Leroy and Zoya Javed