Teachers drop the Holocaust to avoid offending Muslims

In true Daily Mail style, they have an article to make your blood boil. And if doesn't do that then you can fuck right off :)

Schools are dropping the Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim pupils, a Governmentbacked study has revealed.

It found some teachers are reluctant to cover the atrocity for fear of upsetting students whose beliefs include Holocaust denial.

There is also resistance to tackling the 11th century Crusades - where Christians fought Muslim armies for control of Jerusalem - because lessons often contradict what is taught in local mosques.

The findings have prompted claims that some schools are using history 'as a vehicle for promoting political correctness'.

The study, funded by the Department for Education and Skills, looked into 'emotive and controversial' history teaching in primary and secondary schools.

It found some teachers are dropping courses covering the Holocaust at the earliest opportunity over fears Muslim pupils might express anti-Semitic and anti-Israel reactions in class.

The researchers gave the example of a secondary school in an unnamed northern city, which dropped the Holocaust as a subject for GCSE coursework.

The report said teachers feared confronting 'anti-Semitic sentiment and Holocaust denial among some Muslim pupils'.

It added: "In another department, the Holocaust was taught despite anti-Semitic sentiment among some pupils.

"But the same department deliberately avoided teaching the Crusades at Key Stage 3 (11- to 14-year-olds) because their balanced treatment of the topic would have challenged what was taught in some local mosques."

A third school found itself 'strongly challenged by some Christian parents for their treatment of the Arab-Israeli conflict-and the history of the state of Israel that did not accord with the teachings of their denomination'.

The report concluded: "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."

But Chris McGovern, history education adviser to the former Tory government, said: "History is not a vehicle for promoting political correctness. Children must have access to knowledge of these controversial subjects, whether palatable or unpalatable."

School is EXACTLY the place that bigoted and hateful views should be challenged. Forfucksake!

Update: Jeremy the Presenter points to this inspiring story about a Judaic school in Birmingham where Muslim parents jump through hoops to get their kids into. My karmic balance has been temporarily restored.

4 Responses to “Teachers drop the Holocaust to avoid offending Muslims”

  1. # Blogger Jeremy Jacobs

    At least in some schools things are different. See my post of a few weeks ago.  

  2. # Blogger jonz

    You lazy bastard Jeremy - no link! Thats 5 mins of my life I'll never get back :)

    I take you mean this one. Yeah great story that one. Inspiring  

  3. # Blogger Jeremy Jacobs

    OK - look I'm no bastard. My Dad is up at Corporate Presenter right now!!

    You may leave a comment.  

  4. # Blogger jonz

    Do I get a spot under Things They Say?

    "Lazy bastard - Drunken Blogging"  

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