A recent posting by Joanne Jacobs stated:
Schools in Britain are dropping studies of the Holocaust and the Crusades to avoid offending Muslims, concludes a British government study.
It found some teachers are reluctant to cover the atrocity for fear of upsetting students whose beliefs include Holocaust denial.
There is also resistance to tackling the 11th century Crusades — where Christians fought Muslim armies for control of Jerusalem — because lessons often contradict what is taught in local mosques.
In addition, many primary teachers don’t know much history themselves, leading to shallow, simplistic and boring lessons.
My comment over at Joanne's site:
My head hurts……..this is so incredibly stupid and goes way beyond the idea of being politically correct.
Joanne, you are very correct about the level of content knowledge in elementary and some middle schools regarding history. For the most part I see teachers teaching myths or going to extremes to paint Columbus as the poster-boy for evil or as BadaBing (make sure you follow the link above to Joanne's site for the link to the Daily Mail story and read all the comments) says painting Japanese internment camps in the same way as the Nazi concentration camps.
These extremes and total eradication of certain historical events from the history curriculum as your post discusses wouldn’t be necessary without one simple word……balance. The Crusades were not about making nice. There were terrible things done on both sides. Both sides should be taught. Students are very capable of of understanding the bad as well as the good. I could go on and on, but won’t.
I’m going to go off in nice quiet corner somewhere and spit and gnash my teeth. Grrrrrrrrr…..
What's your opinion?
(The picture with this post is the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin)