Defying the the UK’s institutionalized dhimmitude, she dared encourage a sense of homogeneity. “Muslim parents should accept the law of the land,” from the Telegraph, February 10:
Spurious charges of racism have forced out a “marvellous” head teacher.
The website of Sheffield’s Meersbrook Bank School carries a mission statement that says “we celebrate the diversity of our pupils and the community. We strive for full participation and high levels of achievement in all areas of school life.” It also quotes from its last Ofsted report:
“The caring and inclusive atmosphere of the school means that pupils feel safe, develop strong relationships with adults and one another, and have positive attitude to learning”.
It is clearly a proud and successful school that serves its local community well and takes pains not only to provide for but to celebrate the diverse nature of its local population. Yet its head teacher, Julia Robinson, has resigned after being accused by some parents of racism. Her offence? She wanted to scrap separate assemblies for Muslim children at the school.
Mrs Robinson — who has acted throughout in close consultation with the local education authority — was simply observing the law of the land which says that children in state schools in England and Wales “shall on each school day take part in an act of collective worship” which should be “wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character”.
Yet a decade ago Muslim parents — whose children make up a fifth of the school’s 240 pupils — withdrew their children from the assemblies, allegedly after a teacher tried to “force” a Muslim pupil to sing a Christian hymn. A compromise was reached whereby Muslim children would attend four of the five assemblies each week but on a Tuesday, when a more traditional Christian assembly was held, they would have a separate gathering led by one of the parents.
Mrs Robinson, acknowledged by teachers and parents to be a “marvellous” head, wanted to revert to a situation where the whole school population gathered for assembly every day. There is nothing exceptional about this. According to the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), no other school in the country holds separate assemblies for different faiths.
Probably because no other school has such a high concentration of Muslims. But when Muslims make a whopping 20%, such as in this school, you can be sure they are going to feel strong enough to insist for special treatment; just like when Muslims make up, say, 80% of a population — that is, in the Islamic world — conquered non-Muslim populations living among them , far from receiving special or even equal treatment, live in subjugation and humiliation, according to Allah’s words (Koran 9:29). As you can see, there is a pattern here.
An NAHT spokesman said: “Segregating children is not good practice. The whole point is to gather people together to share their views and to learn from other people’s viewpoints“.
In seeking to achieve just that, Mrs Robinson has — shamefully – been branded a racist by some Muslim parents. If there is racism at play here, it is not on the part of the head teacher.