Ayn Rand in A-Level Curriculum in United Kingdom — 2017 curriculum for A-Level Politics taught in secondary and pre-university schools includes Ayn Rand as a key thinker
March 24, 2017
IRVINE, Calif.—March 24, 2017—The Ayn Rand Institute (ARI), the leading center for the advancement of Ayn Rand’s writings and her philosophy of Objectivism, announced today that the 2017 curriculum for A-Level Politics, which is taught in secondary and pre-university schools in the United Kingdom, will include Ayn Rand and her ideas for the first time. This is a significant step for the advancement of Rand's ideas in the UK.
ARI executive chairman Yaron Brook said, “I just returned from speaking at some of the most prestigious high schools in England: Eton, Westminster, Harrow, Oxford High School, Radley, Headington, and Winchester. These students are exceptionally bright—they will be the political, business and intellectual leaders of tomorrow. Because of this curriculum change and ARI’s efforts, in addition to the multitude of political ideas they are exposed to, they will now be exposed to Ayn Rand’s. These students will get to grapple with a diverse worldview and build up their own respective intellectual muscles through the new curriculum.”
A-level specifications require students to know and understand the core ideas and principles of liberalism, socialism, conservatism and other political ideologies. Rand will be incorporated into the conservatism segment of the curriculum alongside other intellectual giants.
Rand’s inclusion in the curriculum should hearten all those who believe in a rich and diverse discourse— regardless of political stripe. Its benefits will redound to the UK’s students, and the nation as a whole.
The Ayn Rand Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that promotes the works and philosophy of Ayn Rand, author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. The Institute fosters a growing awareness, understanding and acceptance of Ayn Rand’s philosophy, Objectivism, to create a culture whose guiding principles are reason, rational self-interest, individualism and laissez-faire capitalism—a culture in which individuals are free to pursue their own happiness.
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