Monday, April 02, 2007

Schools Cowering to Muslim Extremists

A government report has found that schools across Britain are not teaching important historical subjects for fear of the reactions from some Muslim pupils. The report says that subjects such as the Crusades or the Holocaust are being avoided. The Sunday Express reports that:

Some teachers have even dropped the Holocaust completely from lessons over fears that Muslim pupils might express anti-Semitic reactions in class. And one school avoided teaching the Crusades because its "balanced" handling of the topic would directly contradict what was taught in local mosques.

The report for the Department of Education and Skills says:

Teachers and schools avoid emotive and controversial history for a variety of reasons, some of which are well-intentioned. Staff may wish to avoid causing offence or appearing insensitive to individuals or groups in their classes.
In particular settings, teachers of history are unwilling to challenge highly contentious or charged versions of history in which pupils are steeped at home, in their community or in a place of worship.

The report cites an example in which a school refused to teach about the Holocaust to GCSE pupils because they feared confronting "anti-Semitic sentiment and Holocaust denial among some Muslim pupils".

What has become of our country that teachers will not teach the truth because some pupils have already been taught lies? Surely the whole point of our schools is to educate our young people? Are we surprised that extremism is rife amongst young Muslims when we discover that teachers are too scared to disabuse them of the lies they have been fed? This should be a source of shame for Britain.

EDIT: Bumped due to importance.