Saturday, 23 May 2015

Fighting extremists in our schools

A new federal government plan will see the fight against extremism taught directly to students and teachers in school classrooms. 

Government officials, Islamic leaders and counter-terror experts are working together to create lessons in how to identify potential jihadists.

The 'jihadi-watch' system could potentially be added to Australian schools curriculum, according to Murdoch newspapers.

It comes amid reports that Oliver Bridgeman, who only left high school last year, is attempting to return to Australia having flown to Syria to fight with a terror group affiliated to al-Qaeda. 

If the proposal was put in place, students and teachers would learn how certain changes in behaviour can be signs of extremism, including decreasing social interaction and disagreements with others based on ideological beliefs.

The number of Australians who have travelled to the Middle East to fight with ISIS and other extremists groups continues to increase, with Queensland teenager Oliver Bridgeman the latest to join. 

The problem is that many of these teens become 'radicalised' at home, via the Internet over as little as a three week period! It also opens up the possibility of students 'getting even' with their peers by dobbing them in. 

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