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Concern for the frail condition of political education in Great Britain drew us together in the late 1960s to try to stimulate an urgent sense of responsibility among those professionally involved in this neglected field of the school curriculum. We were both active in the founding of the Politics Association (under the sponsorship of the Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government) as a forum for pedagogical debate for teachers in both secondary and further education. For we soon saw that the problem lay quite as much in the inertia of stale syllabuses and lack of new ideas among teachers as in the nervousness of some local education authorities and the total failure of some schools to attempt the teaching of politics in any form at all.