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Old 04-02-07, 01:09 PM
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Schools drop Holocaust lessons to avoid offence(UK)

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle1600686.ece
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Teachers are dropping controversial subjects such as the Holocaust and the Crusades from history lessons because they do not want to cause offence to children from certain races or religions, a report claims.
A lack of factual knowledge among some teachers, particularly in primary schools, is also leading to “shallow” lessons on emotive and difficult subjects, according to the study by the Historical Association.

The report, produced with funding from the Department for Education, said that where teachers and staff avoided emotive and controversial history, their motives were generally 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,” it concluded.

However, it was concerned that this could lead to divisions within school, and that it might also put pupils off history.
Shame on the English. There are more and more indications that they've surrendered to those Swiss Baptists.
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Old 04-02-07, 01:13 PM
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From this passage:
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
It sounds like they're doing this to appease Holocaust deniers?
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Old 04-02-07, 01:31 PM
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A slightly more in-depth article from the BBC:
Schools 'avoid Holocaust lessons'
Some schools avoid teaching the Holocaust and other controversial history subjects as they do not want to cause offence, research has claimed.
Teachers fear meeting anti-Semitic sentiment, particularly from Muslim pupils, the government-funded study by the Historical Association said.

It also said the way the slave trade was taught could leave both white and black children feeling alienated.

Ministers in England had asked for guidance on teaching emotive subjects.

When he commissioned the report last year, schools minister Lord Adonis said the national curriculum encouraged teachers to choose content "likely to resonate in their multicultural classrooms" - but some found it difficult to do that.

The Historical Association report claimed: "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 gave the example of a history department in a northern city which decided not to teach the Holocaust as a topic for GCSE coursework.

'Worrying picture'

It cited another school which taught the Holocaust, but then avoided teaching the Crusades because "balanced treatment" of the topic would have challenged what some local mosques were teaching.

Emotive issues such as the slave trade can be taught too blandly, portraying Afro-Caribbeans as victims and isolating black children, the report said.

But when teachers downplay the role of the white authorities in abolishing the slave trade, white children can become alienated.

The report called for resources, which were scarce at present, to be made available to teach controversial and emotional history subjects.

Initial teacher training should include more attention on how to teach these subjects and a better research base should be made available to teachers, it said.

And further research into the issue, particularly the attitudes of different groups, families and individuals' to difficult subjects, needed to be carried out.

A government review of citizenship education recommended that all pupils should learn about issues such as slavery and the legacy of the British Empire.

A Department of Education and Skills spokesman said there was scope for schools to make their own decision on what to teach within the national curriculum

But he added: "Teaching of the Holocaust is already compulsory in schools at KS3. It will remain so in the new KS3 curriculum from September 2008.

"As Alan Johnson made clear in January there are certain subjects which will be protected in the new curriculum and that includes the Holocaust."

The department and Understanding Slavery have launched a citizenship resource and a national competition, debate and showcase for Key Stage 3 students to explore the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade.

A Commission for Racial Equality spokesman said the Historical Association report painted a "worrying picture".

"The teaching of history provides the perfect forum for stimulating the development of shared values that are essential if everyone is to contribute and play a full part in an integrated British society."

It was essential that teachers were supported in developing the confidence and expertise to discuss all historical periods and events in a balanced and sensitive way, the spokesman said.
I think we can all agree that avoiding sensative subjects like the Holocaust or the slave trade is detrimental to the role of education... it reminds me of the number of teachers who downplay, or refuse to teach, the science of evolution so as not to offend fundamentalist Christians.

Educators should educate -- if it's factual and well-documented, it should be presented in class, regardless of the students' religious or ethnic makeups.
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Actually, the way I read the article was that some schools had decided against teaching the Holocaust, were found out by the government (as this is against policy) and will now be forced to teach it once again. Unless I'm wrong about this, this deserves a from the Brits (or their government, at least) rather than a
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When he commissioned the report last year, schools minister <b>Lord Adonis</b> ...
Someone's pretty full of himself.

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Someone's pretty full of himself.
Lord Achilles, recently hospitalised [sic], could not be reached for comment.
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The English have been bending over backwards for the Muslims. See what that got them.

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Originally Posted by wendersfan
Lord Achilles, recently hospitalised [sic], could not be reached for comment.
Well, of course he's in the hospital, if he's sic.
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So you bring in millions of immigrants from a culture rife with anti-semitism, and then it's a shocker when those communities aren't too keen on learning about the Holocaust? I'll take a wild stab in the dark and guess that the women's movement and the struggle for gay rights aren't going to be too high on the syllabus, either.

I don't really blame the teachers or the local administrators---I wouldn't have been too excited to go down to rural communities in the deep south of the US in the 1950's and teach classes on the horrors of slavery and racism.

When even well-respected, mainstream scholars of the Middle East like Bernard Lewis conclude that Europe will be Islamic by the end of the century at the latest, then maybe it's time to take note. As mentioned in another piece I posted, Europe is uniquely ill-equipped to deal with this issue. In contrasting the native Europeans and the Muslim immigrants, it's low/high religiosity, low/high cultural confidence, and most importantly: low/high fertility. I don't see how anyone can imagine that these types of conflicts are not going to skyrocket as the Muslim population rapidly increases as a percentage of the overall population of Europe, as all birthrate data indicates.
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Actually, the way I read the article was that some schools had decided against teaching the Holocaust, were found out by the government (as this is against policy) and will now be forced to teach it once again. Unless I'm wrong about this, this deserves a from the Brits (or their government, at least) rather than a
If the schools are private,

If the schools are public,
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Schools dropping Holocaust from history to avoid offending Muslim pupils

Well, in Britain anyway.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/liv...n_page_id=1770

Teachers drop the Holocaust to avoid offending Muslims
By LAURA CLARK - More by this author »
Last updated at 11:58am on 2nd April 2007

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.

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."

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.
Wowzers.
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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."
Agreed. I'm a religious person and I know how sometimes we like to gloss over some of the mistakes in our religion, but IMHO you have to address these things so you can learn from them. Those that don't stay stuck in the "dark ages".
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Teachers have to risk offending some of their students by telling them the truth every single day. For example, "Johnny, you're flunking math." A teacher who avoids educating students because it might offend some of them is an overpaid babysitter, not a teacher.
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In other news, schools are now teaching that the United States is still a colony to avoid offending British people.
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Teachers have to risk offending some of their students by telling them the truth every single day. For example, "Johnny, you're flunking math." A teacher who avoids educating students because it might offend some of them is an overpaid babysitter, not a teacher.


And to anyone censoring history, especially. This is even worse than the whackos that don't want their children exposed to science like evolution, the fact that the Earth is millions of years old, etc.

Censoring history is possibly even dumber than censoring science IMO.
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Stupid stupid stupid. I notice that this was individual teachers doing this and not a government mandate.
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Terrorists are literally winning - I mean, they've scared people shitless enough that it's come to this sort of thing. And is it really surprising? When someone is willing to die for their retarded cause, haven't they already got the upper hand?
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Perhaps they should teach about the real "Holocaust" where the evil Jews (with horns) are brutally oppressing and killing innocent (as always) Palestinians, insted of the fake holocaust which was invented by the West and Zionists to force the creation of Israel.
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Actually, both the Holocaust and the Israeli oppression of the Palestinians should be taught.
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Do the female teachers in this study also wear headscarves and bring Lettuce and Tomato sandwiches to school?
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