Wednesday, April 4, 2007

I'm Speechless - Now I Know Europe Is Lost

I have seen this report in multiple places already and it is extremely disturbing.

Here's the intro to this article from the UK:
Schools are dropping the Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim pupils, a Government backed study has revealed.

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.
Never mind the evils of Revisionist History.... how about the Obliteration of History all together in order not to "offend" students!

This move to Political Correctness is absolutely insane!
I really wonder how an educated society can do this to itself?

Thank goodness there is one sane voice in this article.. that of Chris McGovern, history education adviser to the former Tory government, who said:
"History is not a vehicle for promoting political correctness. Children must have access to knowledge of these controversial subjects, whether palatable or unpalatable."
If this type of thing stands without public outcry and continues to be practiced, you can bet there will be another Holocaust, and you can bet that Europe will not be on the side of the persecuted. Winston Churchill must be spinning in his grave.

I am particularly passionate about this because I had many family members die in concentration camp; so did my husband's family who were German Jews. The Holocaust did happen, as did the Crusades, and to deny it and not teach future generations about it is just plain wrong.

On this planet we cannot disconnect from the past, we cannot sweep it all under the rug and pretend things didn't happen. There was a Spanish Inquisition, there was a Black Plague, there was Slave trade (which still exists today), there were many distasteful events in our planet's past which we must know and understand no matter what your faith, your ethnicity, or your beliefs. We have atrocities existing today in Darfur and elsewhere. Future generations need to learn our history; all of it, warts and all.
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana, Life of Reason, Reason in Common Sense, Scribner's, 1905, page 284"
To me this is all the more reason for parents to be ever vigilant about what is, and is not, being taught in their children's school. If they are not teaching your children the truth in history by using original documents, and eyewitness accounts, then you must speak out.

My dad was a WW2 veteran. When my son was in 7th grade, he was enrolled in government school. My dad was shocked and appalled to find out that what was included and also what was excluded from his WW2 curriculum. In my son's school they talked about how awful the United States was to have used the Atom bomb and how terrible we were to the Japanese for placing them in internment camps. Not a word was taught about the Bataan Death March or the Rape of Nanking. The obviously biased revisionist curriculum made my dad furious. Because of this type of "teaching" of history as well as a whole list of other reasons, I removed my son from school in 8th grade, and my dad couldn't have been happier with my decision. Maybe parents in the UK should consider the same.

(H/T Eric H.)

Update: YouTube Video "Have The Brits Gone Mad?"