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Press Cycle 23 - Faith Schools  

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Andy
 Andy
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21/05/2019 9:56 pm  

What do the revelations from inside Muslim schools in east London tell us about faith schools in Britain?

 

Closes 26/05/19 at 11.59pm


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William Croft
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22/05/2019 6:45 pm  

Religious extremism, in any form, presents a clear threat to Britain, the British people, and the British way of life. The report provided by Ofsted is deeply disturbing, and warrants immediate action from the Government. A quality education, one that is well rounded and imparts upon pupils the values our nation holds dear, is the birthright of every child living in Britain. We have failed the children attending the six schools at the focus of the Ofsted report, and we are likely failing countless others who are being subjected to the same backwards teaching practices. The teachings of Sharia Law are fundamentally at odds with values at the core of the United Kingdom: democracy, equality, and liberty. To permit any British school, private or state-run, to teach that women are subservient to men, that homosexuality is evil, and that any one religion is superior to another represents a failure of massive proportions. The Conservative Party will do everything in our power to bring this practice to an end, and I implore the Government to take action immediately. 

William Croft
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William Croft
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22/05/2019 6:56 pm  

The Government has a responsibility to take immediate action to ensure that the faith schools in Tower Hamlets, and across Britain, adhere to the national standards put in place to guarantee all children an equally suitable education. I will never argue against permitting faith schools to operate and to serve the students they teach, but that does not mean any faith school has the right to advance their own agenda at the cost of students. Students at the Muslim faith schools in Tower Hamlets are denied access to music and art classes, are left unable to distinguish the difference between Sharia and British law, and virtually only read from books written in Arabic. Simply put, this issue boils down to one thing: students attending these schools have been failed by Britain's education system, and are being deprived of the education they deserve. Mayor Rahman must be held accountable for his failure to hold these schools accountable, and the Education Secretary must do more than make non-committal statements. Action is needed immediately. 

William Croft
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Shadow Foreign Secretary
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Steven Andrews
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23/05/2019 2:51 pm  

I don't think you can generalize about faith schools across Britain based on a bad situation concentrated in a single area.  What has apparently been going on in Tower Hamlets is one of those unfortunate things that happens when jurisdictional lines end up blurred: Something gets screwed up and the blame game begins.

With that being said, however, I do think there is a case for stronger oversight at the national level.  The government needs to ensure that there is mandatory reporting of suspected radicalization in schools so the appropriate authorities can get to these kids before they are lost to the forces of darkness.  I would say the same applies whether we're talking about Islamic extremism, neo-Nazi extremism, or anything else of that ilk, and I would point out that bad behavior like this can conceivably arise almost anywhere.  And, as this case illustrates, there need to be consequences for the school failing to comply with such guidelines up to and including firings and barring teachers or administrators from continuing to teach for such obvious failures to report or act on reports.

Steven Andrews, MP for Croydon South

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Steven Andrews
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23/05/2019 3:39 pm  

Most of the press focus on the Faith Schools affair in Tower Hamlets has focused on the schools themselves, but I have to wonder...given that there were six schools invovled, that means there were probably...at least a thousand children in those schools, possibly more...where were the parents in all of this?  Were the parents just clueless as to what was going on in their kid's school or did they actually think this was an acceptable education?  It isn't like Tower Hamlets doesn't have state schools to speak of or that these were the only choices nearby for an education...well, that curriculum they were calling an education...so I really have to wonder what the family situation is in some of those households and if this isn't the tip of a very uncomfortable iceberg that the government needs to address.

Steven Andrews, MP for Croydon South

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Charles Kinbote
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23/05/2019 10:06 pm  

There is nothing wrong with faith schools. However, if they intend to radicalise our young children they need to be closed down.

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Andy
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27/05/2019 9:09 pm  

Verdict: Conservative walkover.

 

With no Labour or Lib Dem voices to counter them, the Conservatives get the run on this. William Croft is seen as making all the salient points, but in a measure tone that sees his comments picked up in the broadsheets. The Daily Mail loves Steven Andrews's line that fears the children involved becoming “lost to the forces of darkness”, a theme they happily run with, along with his question of whether the children's parents are negligent or complicit. The populist papers pick up Charles Kinbote's remarks.

 

The Guardian wonders aloud whether this type of reaction would have been seen were it faith schools of any other religion.

 

+1 Media point each to Croft, Andrews and Kinbote


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