OUTRAGE: UK Teachers drop the Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslims

2 April 2007: British media is reporting that a government-backed study confirmed that primary and secondary schools are dropping history lessons about the Holocaust to avoid offending Muslim pupils. According to a study funded by the Department for Education and Skills, some teachers are dropping courses covering the Holocaust at the earliest opportunity over fears Muslim pupils might express anti-Semitic and anti-Israel reactions in class.

Researchers for this study provided one example of a secondary school in an unnamed northern city that dropped the Holocaust as a subject for GCSE coursework, noting that some teachers are reluctant to cover the atrocity for fear of upsetting students whose beliefs include Holocaust denial. The report stated that teachers feared confronting “anti-Semitic sentiment and Holocaust denial among some Muslim pupils.”

The study also found there is a resistance to covering the 11th century Crusades - where Christians fought Muslim armies for control of Jerusalem - because historical accounts often contradict the teachings in local mosques.

The report concluded: “In particular settings, teachers of history are unwilling to challenge highly contentious or charged versions of history in which pupils are steeped at home, in their community or in a place of worship.”