UK: Teachers not teaching Holocaust out of fear of ‘offending Muslims’

Via the Daily Mail (emphasis added):

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.

Betsy Newmark writes:

If we can no longer teach history than we must truly give up on hoping to educate the next generation to face tough questions and issues. We will be one step closer to the type of future envisioned by George Orwell.

What’s next? Not teaching about 9-11 because doing so would require teachers to talk about the Islamofascists who perpetrated the acts, and therefore ‘offend’ Muslim students?

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