Teachers are claiming that parents who are taking their children out of Religious Education classes because they don’t want them learning about Islam are racist, it’s been reported.
Concerns have been raised about mums and dads reportedly misusing their right to pull their kids out of classes at school, inhibiting their ability to explore big questions and critical thinking.
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers’ annual conference was told this was tampering with schools’ attempts to prepare youngsters for modern society in the UK.
It was told of instances where parents with prejudices including “including Islamophobia and antisemitism” wanted to remove their children from certain lessons or visiting places of worship – as apposed to instances where parents object based on religious beliefs.
The union is urging the Government to take steps in ensuring parents do not selectively prevent their children learning about individual religions, The Telegraph reports……