The Daily Telegraph is reporting that some secondary schools in the UK have adopted a new mantle in their curriculum that encourages students to reflect on the bombings that occured there on 7/7 and imagine that they are the suicide bombers and think about their reasons for wanting to carry out terrorist bombings. The education department withdrew the new curriculum from the teachernet website yesterday over criticism from victims, educational experts and politicians, who feared it could be “dangerous” to ask children to adopt the mindset of a terrorist.
The Department for Children, Schools and Families adopted the exercise as part of a teaching pack which requires children to prepare a presentation on the July 7 attack that ended up in the deaths of 52 innocent people, from the perspective of the bombers. The children were asked to summarize their terroristic thoughts and offer other possible scenarios. This education pack was produced by Calderdale council in Halifax, West Yorks, which borders the area where two of the July 7 bombers lived. Word is that police forces have adopted the program as well which is a little more understandable as long as it is used to pre-think what could happen, but not as a way to identify. The education packs official name is “Things do Change”.
A survivor of the Edgware Road bomb on July 7 named Jacqui Putnam said: “I can’t see why anyone would think it is a valuable exercise to encourage children to put themselves in the position of men who treated people in such an inhuman way. To encourage children to see the world in that way is a dangerous thing. Surely there must be a better way of achieving their objective?”
Mavis Hyman lost her daughter Myriam in the July 7 bombings and she commented that “I don’t think that anyone can put themselves in the minds of these people. I have tried to see it from their point of view. I have read books and watched films and it has not succeeded. ”
Khalid Mahmood, the Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Bar, said the pack risked “encouraging the sort of belief we’re trying to work against. They should be looking at it from the victims’ view. Whoever thought this up has no understanding of the communities where we are fighting against extremist beliefs.”
Patrick Mercer, the chairman of the Commons terrorism sub-committee, said: “How useful is it to pretend to be a suicide bomber if it defeats the object of the lesson? Imagine the uproar if we suggested that children play-acted the role of Hitler.”
Interestingly, this education pack is already being used in Islamic schools and mosques in West Yorkshire. Really surprising, eh? Just what we need, young Muslim minds putting themselves into the terrorist state of mind. And Britain wonders why they are losing control and Muslim Shariya Law is taking hold.
Tahir Alam, the education spokesman of the Muslim Council of Britain, said: “This isn’t any different from any educational tool people use all the time. Pupils imagine they’re living in the 12th century. The important lesson is that these things are never morally justifiable.” Mr. Alam, this is very different then asking kids to imagine a life during a very distant time. The fact that you cannot see the difference is what is frightful.
Wonder how long it will be before American schools start adopting curriculum like this. Oh wait, I’m sure we already have classrooms that have been practicing these kinds of exercises. After all, we must indoctrinate the children into blaming America first.