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Saturday, April 14, 2007

Politically correct in UK: Avoid teaching about Holocaust and Crusades

http://zionism-israel.com/israel_news/2007/04/politically-correct-in-uk-avoid.html

A report finds that some some British schools have dropped course material on the Holocaust and on the Crusades for fear of offending Muslims. Next step is to drop material on evolution, because that offends Christians, and to drop material on nutrition, because that might offend vegetarians or another group.
 
"The Truth" will be defined as whatever everyone finds acceptable, especially if they threaten to blow themselves up in your classroom if you do not do as they say. The final evolution of "democracy" will be thought control by terror.
 
However, please do not exaggerate the importance of this report. "The UK" as a whole did not drop the Holocaust or the Crusades from school curricula, as some hoax letters are claiming.
 
Ami Isseroff

 
Daily Mail
 
By LAURA CLARK -  Last updated at 11:58am on 2nd April 2007

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.

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."

The researchers also warned that a lack of subject knowledge among teachers - particularly at primary level - was leading to history being taught in a 'shallow way leading to routine and superficial learning'.

Lessons in difficult topics were too often 'bland, simplistic and unproblematic' and bored pupils.


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