Extreme political correctness in teaching

Apparently, teachers in the UK are dropping discussion of the Holocaust because of fear of offending Muslim students. It is not clear to me why Muslim's should be offended by this fact.

Schools are dropping the Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim pupils, a Government backed study has revealed. It found some teachers are reluctant to cover the atrocity for fear of upsetting students whose beliefs include Holocaust denial. . . .

From Fox News:

Teachers are dropping controversial subjects such as the Holocaust and the Crusades from history lessons because they do not want to offend children from certain races or religions, a report claims. . . .

From Daily Telegraph:

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

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Anonymous Blackwing1 said...

So how long will it be before they stop teaching astronomy, so as to avoid offending those whose "belief" in a flat earth might be challenged?

4/02/2007 8:33 AM  
Anonymous Ken said...

Of course we've already had "culturally appropriate" spelling and grammar here in the US (at least in California), so I expect that the next step will be for someone to pay attention sensitivities of those whose interpretation of their scriptures tells them that the value of pi is actually 3, rather than 3.14... Come to think of it, if we were to do away with all the academic subjects completely, we could avoid all this sort of unpleasantness and concentrate on the important areas that we really want when we pay for schools: diversity appreciation, sex education/training and self-esteem.

4/02/2007 9:40 AM  
Blogger Conservative Scalawag said...

Are the Brits racing the French to see who can become an Islamic Republic or is it just me.

4/02/2007 6:17 PM  
Blogger Hyunchback said...

What is amazing is that the British let themselves be ruined in this way. The Muslim population is still small but already they are keeping history from being taught because it MIGHT offend them. Censorship without even having to threaten a protest march.

How soon before it is required curriculum that 9/11/2001 was the work of Isreal?

Oh, I'm sorry. Did I spill the beans on next years' lesson plan?

4/03/2007 1:55 AM  
Anonymous Nimrod45 said...

Here in Canada, Holocaust denial is considered to be a hate crime. If Holocaust denial is being taught in mosques, they should be reported, charged and convicted.

Just as an aside, how were Muslims treated under Nazi rule? Were there any extermination camps for them, or had they just not gotten around to it yet?

4/05/2007 4:01 PM  

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