In the wake of the Birmingham school’s “Trojan Horse” story and subsequent ofsted report at Park View School, many are rushing to blame faith schools as the root of the problem. I don’t intend for this post to be an outline of my own views on faith schools, but I do want to lay down an argument. To focus on faith schools as the root of the problem is to miss the point and at worse, it runs the risk of letting islamophobes off the hook.
All of the usual racist lies and rumours of the right wing media have been flying around this issue. Muslim schools were “banning Christmas” and other such outrages. The banning of Christmas of course was later found to be a completely fabricated story. Many also believe that the so-called “Trojan Horse” dossier, riddled with factual inaccuracies and stereotyped phrases was similarly cooked up.
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