In what can only be described as a gross overreach of school influence, the headmistress of an English primary (elementary) school has caused an international furor with her attempt to force her students to take a trip to a workshop that is focused on Islam. She has threatened parents that if their children do not take the field trip the students will be labeled as racists on their permanent school record.
“The workshop is at Staffordshire University and will give your child the opportunity to explore other religions. Children will be looking at religious artefacts, similar to those that would be on display in a museum. They will not be partaking in any religious practices. Refusal to allow your child to attend this trip will result in a Racial Discrimination note being attached to your child’s education record, which will remain on this file throughout their career… All absences on this day will be investigated for their credibility and will only be sanctioned with a GP sick note.”
This is simply a disgusting example of the power that some of those in public education believe they have over the values and culture of families. Because some parents may not want their children exposed to the evil and subversive doctrines of Islam their children are to be labeled as “racists”? If a parent were to refuse to allow the school to take their child on a field trip that taught aspects of the Christian faith, would they too be labeled “racist?” I sincerely doubt it. This is the double standard of the left; what they believe must be right and proper so anyone who disagrees must be more than wrong – they must also be inherently evil.
The parents at this British primary school have had the last word though. When word got out about the headmistresses little letter and her plan to paint any absentees as racist, the local school board got involved.
The story does end reasonably well. After the intense responses from parents, local government officials intervened and forced Small to apologize for her threatening letter. She has since written a second letter to parents kindly asking them to “disregard” the first missive, notes the Mail. Well at least there’s that.
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