Monday, April 23, 2007

Teachers Drop the Holocaust to Avoid Offending Muslims

Although News of the Weird is not the best place to find out about the state of history education, I was still alarmed to read this from the current edition:

"According to a report commissioned by Britain's Department of Education and Skills, some history teachers have dropped references to the Holocaust (and the 11th-century Crusades) out of fear that the regular history curriculum might confuse or anger Muslim students who have been taught differently in local mosques (according to an April story in London's Daily Mail)."

Unfortunately, it is true! This seems wrong on so many levels. If students are being taught incorrect or incomplete historical facts about events such as the Crusades and the Holocaust at their local mosques, then it is imperative that they learn the correct facts in school. If they get angry or confused, so be it. A good teacher can use this to help the students learn even better.

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

All students, even the Islamic ones, need to learn about the Holocaust. That stuff people say about "never again" means nothing if we refuse to teach about the Holocaust in the first place. I really hope some people are holding fire to the feet of those English teachers of history who have lost their courage to teach history for fear of offending someone.

1 comment:

Jack Le Moine said...

I have been following this story in the British press. It is sad but true.

Not only is history being altered to satisfy political correctness, but universities and even their association of journalists (I don’t know their official name) is boycotting Israel. Meanwhile in our own country, we have Jimmy Carter’s odious book on Israeli history.

BTW, speaking of editing history in the name of political correctness, whatever happened to those history standards of a few years ago?