Some British teachers won’t teach the Holocaust or the Crusades

Oh for Heaven’s sake. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=445979&in_page_id=1770
I’ve long thought that the stupidest decisions ever are all made by public school teachers and administrators. (That would actually be a good idea for a blog).
At any rate, here we have teachers who won’t teach the Holocaust or the Crusades because they think they might offend students who are taught Holocaust denial at mosque.
They haven’t actually had any actual Muslims complain, but they have had some Christians complain about the schools’ teaching of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the history of Israel.

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.

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’.

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