Britain is galloping to ruin so quickly that it’s dizzying to watch. Park View School is at the heart of a minor media firestorm right now, but soon enough the media will move on and it will all be forgotten — except by Islamic supremacists, who will continue their project. Unless there is a massive change in the British government and political culture soon, Park View School will before too long not be the subject of an investigation except by those who want to use it as a template for their own school takeovers.
“School at heart of alleged Muslim ‘Trojan Horse’ plot ‘allowed students to speak positively about 7/7 and 9/11 terrorist attacks,'” by Sophie Jane Evans, Daily Mail, April 27, 2014 (thanks to all who sent this in):
A Birmingham school at the heart of an alleged Islamist plot to take over state institutions allowed students to express ‘positive views’ about terrorism, it has been claimed.
Park View School in Alum Rock, which is under investigation over the ‘Trojan Horse’ plot, allegedly failed to challenge children’s opinions about the 7/7 and 9/11 atrocities due to ‘cultural sensitivity’.
It also reportedly advised staff not to bring soldiers into the school for visits, while one employee allegedly spoke of wanting an ‘Islamic state’, according to the British Humanist Association.
The allegations were made by ‘several’ of the maths and science academy’s former employees, who have only recently chosen to make them public, said the Association.
Other claims against the school include:
Creationism and intelligent design were taught by at least one science teacher.
Worksheets handed to Year 11 male students said that a woman must obey her husband.
Sex education lessons contained the message that ‘wives are not allowed to say no’.
The school held Islamic instead of Christian collective worship, with students segregated based on gender.
Some male teachers expected boys to be sat at the front of the class and girls at the back – and ignored female students when they wanted to answer a question.
A teacher told pupils that females belonged in the kitchen and another agreed when a pupil commented ‘women should not be allowed to drive’.
Some girls were forced to wear a headscarf and female members of staff and pupils were treated as inferior by male Muslim staff.
Girls were not allowed to take part in PE or sport activities with boys because it made male Muslims ‘feel uncomfortable’.
The Association, a charity promoting a secular state and equal treatment regardless of religion, said some of the allegations dated back to 2011.
However, the whistleblower who made contact at the time decided not to press for action, it said.
Former Park View employees subsequently contacted the charity in January this year – resulting in contact with the original complainant.
The Association said the findings of its own investigation into the school’s RE teachings were passed to the Department for Education and Ofsted on January 31.
Park View Education Trust, which runs the school in Alum Rock, has defended the institution, saying its curriculum ‘makes clear that the basis of all sexual relationships is informed consent’.
It added that claims that male pupils were informed via a worksheet that wives had to give sex to their husbands were ‘categorically untrue’, while the school has not yet received any complaints in relation to the Creationism acccusations.
The trust has not yet commented specifically on allegations that it failed to challenge some children’s opinions about terrorism.
Pavan Dhaliwal, the Association’s Head of Public Affairs, said: ‘It is vital that all our state schools teach a broad and balanced curriculum, actively contribute to community cohesion and foster an environment inclusive of every child, parent and member of staff, regardless of their religious or non-religious beliefs.’
Three separate investigations are currently under way over claims that hardline Islamists are seizing control of government bodies, segregating male and female pupils and banning sex education.
One school is even being investigated over allegations that the al Qaeda-linked Muslim preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, who died in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011, was praised in assembly.
The inquiries are being carried out by Ofsted, the Government and Birmingham City Council.
On Wednesday, the names of 18 schools at the centre of the allegedly plot were revealed in a list by the city council.
As well as Park View, they include Gracelands Nursery school in Sparkbrook and Golden Hillock School in Sparkhill.
They also feature Adderley Primary School, Highfield Junior and Infant School, Nansen Primary, Alston Primary School and Saltley School and Specialist Science College, all in Saltley, Birmingham.
Earlier this week, Sir Albert Bore, council leader, said Ofsted was not intending to publish its final inspection reports until ‘the first or second week of May’.
He added that he has not yet seen the draft version of the inspection reports, which have been carried out at the request of Education Secretary Michael Gove.
The council’s investigation is being headed by former headteacher Ian Kershaw, who is sifting through about 200 concerns raised since the alleged ‘Trojan Horse’ plot emerged.
Park View Education Trust said in a statement: ‘Park View Academy has a clear curriculum policy which governs the teaching of all subjects within the school.
‘Our sex and relationships education (SRE) is taught in single sex groups and makes clear that the basis of all sexual relationships is informed consent.
‘After a lesson that took place around 2011 it became clear to the school that boys had misunderstood a historical reference to do with cultural expectations of sex within marriage.
‘As soon as the school became aware that this was the case it took immediate action and held a special assembly for Year 10 boys to make it clear that sex without informed consent is rape.
‘The allegation that boys were informed via a worksheet that wives have to give sex to their husbands is categorically untrue. The teaching of Creationism in Science is not school policy.
‘Without having received any complaints in relation to the allegation that Creationism has been taught it is very difficult for us to comment further.
‘Had we received a complaint we would of course have investigated it fully.’
MailOnline has attempted to contact the school regarding allegations that it allowed students to express ‘positive views’ about terrorism.