For me the most disturbing thing about last night’s Dispatches was the schoolteacher’s warning that pupils must stay away from men with less than “a fistful of beard… like you would from a serpent or a snake”.
Leaving aside the pedantic point that a serpent and a snake are the same thing, as someone who is unable to grow a proper Taliban-style “fistful” of beard how would I survive in a society run by Muslim fanatics? (For that matter what about Native Americans?) Say I wanted to convert to hardline Islam and send my kids to one of those lovely madrassas featured on last night’s programme, can I get beard extensions? After all, they’re strong on discipline, those faith schools – perhaps a bit too strong sometimes.
Ofsted were pretty happy with the Darul Uloom Islamic High School in Birmingham, describing in their last report how: “Pupils learn about the beliefs and practices of other faiths and are taught to show respect to other world religions”.
Hmmn. Maybe RE has changed since I went to an RC secondary but I don’t remember being told that Hindus drink cow’s piss. The school has since said the programme makers “selectively gathered a handful of quotes and comments allegedly from some teachers, which they are using to attempt to portray our school in a light completely contrary to its ethos”. It’s unfortunate, that – all those really important lessons in maths, English, geography and for some reason the documentary makers are only interested in the bit where the kids are taught to hate members of other religions.
What was striking about the programme was how utterly, utterly alien the whole thing was. Here, in the county of Shakespeare, are children being taught in an environment – in manners, speech, clothes, subject matter and in fistful-sized beards – which is completely disconnected from England.
I wonder if Sadiq Khan was watching and,Vintage Belstaff leather Jacket, if so, will he be offering an apology to David Cameron over his comments about multiculturalism? Here is, after all, multiculturalism’s legacy,belstaff new panther, the product of silly, well-meaning white liberals unable to understand, in Roger Scruton’s words, that “many of the newcomers to Britain would be strangers to liberal values,Belstaff Roadmaster Jacket olive, attached to their own communities,belstaff centaur ottanium, suspicious towards the host culture and anxious to insulate themselves and their children from its influence”.
What’s depressing is that all the wrong lessons are being learned from multiculturalism. Everywhere the response by liberals (who, after all, are responsible for the disaster) is to forge a new national identity in their own image, using the problems of diversity as an excuse to destroy the old institutions they so loathe, and to teach children citizenship classes that extol the virtues of “equality and diversity”. In the case of education I can already sense a renewed clamour for the state to attack faith schools, with angry atheists being joined by post-multiculturalism liberals who think Anglican and Catholic schools are fine but have to be sacrificed for the sake of “social cohesion”.
That would be a shame,belstaff maple, not least because many Muslim schools do a fine job of educating children, while many secular state schools not only fail to integrate pupils but fail to educate them either. , one of the most spectacularly successful schools in England, is to open a free boy’s school in the city. That’s great news for the many boys who will as a result get an outstanding education and so, I believe, great news for everyone else.