Rules to fight extremism ‘creating fear among teachers and pupils’

In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, Jenny Smith, headteacher at Frederick Bremer school in Walthamstow, east London, put up a display of press cuttings and photographs. Students, many of whom are Muslims, were invited to add their comments. Discussions about the Islamic State attack were held in citizenship classes.

Then, in December, pupils put on a shadow puppet performance in the borough about injustice and prejudice faced by a young Muslim. The performance was part of an exhibition organised by Maslaha, an organisation working with schools to explore Islam’s contribution to UK culture.

Smith’s approach seems in marked contrast to the government’s policy to prevent radicalisation, which places increasing pressure on schools, through its Prevent strategy, to be vigilant and report suspicions about students. [121 comments]

[TOP RATED COMMENT 50 votes] “In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, […..]. Then, in December, pupils put on a shadow puppet performance in the borough about injustice and prejudice faced by a young Muslim.”

I’m not sure if I’m reading this right. Of all the “injustices” they could have discussed, i.e. the mass slaughter of the kuffar in central Paris, the murderous assault against cartoonists, the destruction of Syrian architectural and cultural heritage, they decide to stage a play reinforcing the victim narrative?

[2ND 48] Immigration causing problems….who’d have thunk it

So heads in the sand didn’t work, what shall we try now?

[3RD 41] “Young Muslims care deeply about their faith”.

Do they care enough to ask, with real intellectual honesty, if it’s true? If not, then what this means is that they are, and want to remain, brainwashed. [The Guardian] Read more

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