Beware the real Trojan Horse: Muslim children also harassed by Ofsted

Beware the real Trojan Horse: Muslim children also harassed by Ofsted October 28, 2014

I am absolutely candescent as a parent that any stranger would think it was appropriate to go into a classroom and ask young children what they thought about sexuality, and for that matter their personal religious views.

This article, which I excerpt from below, was pointed out to me to on Twitter. It got this issue correct over a month ago. How the inspectors involved are not being visited by the police and asked questions themselves about what makes them think they can put young children through an experience like this, I just don’t understand.

The most disturbing thing about the so-called “Trojan Horse” affair wasn’t that Muslims are teaching their children to be Muslims (we should be used to that) but rather the reports that followed on the back of the story of The Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) inspections of Muslim independent schools in other areas.

Inspectors failed schools on “diversity” criteria based on young children declining to talk about their “attitudes to homosexuality”. One school asked the inspectors to leave, saying that it upset and unsettled the children to have a stranger enter the (primary) classroom and demand that the children talk about something they were uncomfortable with.

A spokesman said “It was a kind of sex education lesson but by untrained inspectors without the consent of parents or the school.”

In a sane world this would be an entirely reasonable response: in what other situation could a complete stranger approach a group of young children and ask them about same sex attraction?

OFSTED’s reply to the schools was robust: “The Independent School Standards, published by the Department for Education, set out that schools have a duty to teach pupils tolerance of different groups within society.” Why then, the school asked, did inspectors focus on same-sex attraction to the exclusion of race and disability? READ MORE

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