There is a history department in a school in the northern UK, unnamed in official reports, which does not teach the history of the Holocaust because Muslim students may have anti-Semitic reactions.
Another school in a different area of the UK, also unnamed, skips teaching about the Crusades because of it would directly challenge what is taught in some mosques.
That’s not all the schools or even a majority of them, but to me, it’s too many. To balance religion with education, some subjects must be taught with empathy, diplomacy, and care, but it is never a good idea to skip them altogether. A well-rounded student – a well-rounded human being – is one who hears all sides and decides for themselves what is right, true, and correct.
Knowledge is not truth itself, but one can’t find truth without it.
The school which does not teach all of history, even the most uncomfortable topics, is not only doing a disservice to their pupils, but intentionally disregarding millions of people – mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers – who died at the hands of bigotry, xenophobia, and hatred.
More than that, it allows bigotry, xenophobia, and hatred to remain unchallenged.
Worst of all, it exhibits tacit approval for students – who grow up to be adults and leaders – to continue to hate without a single question of or confrontation on their beliefs.
That, my friends, leaves us doomed to repetition.
Around we go.