UK Teaching Booklet Encourages Children to ‘Write a Letter to a Terrorist’

“Talking about Terrorism” is a controversial teaching booklet in the UK that is a teacher’s guide on “responding to children’s questions” about terrorism.

While I understand the thought behind the booklet, and that it is supposed to help teach children about who terrorists are and why they kill people…..but this is too much. The guide invited British kids, as young as 7-years-old, to “write a letter to a terrorist.”

The sad reality of it is that while British children are learning to write letters to the terrorists, the terrorists are teaching their children how to fight and kill.

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The highly questionable book’s description reads, “Structured in a question and answer format, ‘Talking About Terrorism: Responding to Children’s Questions’ will help teachers to face the most difficult questions children ask. Parents will also find it invaluable.”

Heatstreet reports:

The teaching resource was published just weeks before the Manchester Arena suicide bombing and describes the mass murder of civilians as a “type of war”, according to The Daily Express.

It teaches that one reason why some people commit mass murder is because they believe they are being treated “unfairly and not shown respect”.

The guide then gives historical examples of “terrorists” whose ideas were deemed extreme, but later turned out to be progressive.

“The Suffragettes used violence and were called terrorists … ” the guide suggests. “Today many people think of them as brave women and admire their struggle for the right to vote.”

The book also suggests teachers a range of activities for children aged seven to 11.

In on activity, for example, teachers are advised to “invite children to write a letter to a terrorist. If they could ask a terrorist six questions, what would they be?”

What do you think about this? Would you allow your child to participate in writing a letter to a terrorist?

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