By lex, on April 2nd, 2007
Legacy of empire and all that, but reading this I couldn’t help thinking of the old Saturday Night Live skit wherein the unfrozen caveman becomes a lawyer, winning arguments through sympathy by insisting that modernity confuses him.
I guess all that modernity continues to confuse – at least it does in the teaching of history based on facts in some UK schools:
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.
The findings have prompted claims that some schools are using history ‘as a vehicle for promoting political correctness’.
Heaven forbid we confuse or anger anyone whose indoctrination in race hatred and grievance-nurturing is not yet complete.
I’ll stop throwing stones long enough to point out that California schools are seemingly not immune to the PC trend: The Biscuit asked for some help this weekend with a history paper that she was writing, and her topic was racism in World War II. A rich and fertile ground to cover, wouldn’t you think? What with the savagery of the Nazi eugenics movement on the one hand, and the Japanese depredations in Korea and China on the other.
“No,” she said, adding, “I think my teacher meant racism in, like, the American Army.”
“Oh,” I replied. “That.”