Boycott Watch
December 11, 2007
UK Schools and the Holocaust Curriculum
Summary: Boycott Watch President Fred Taub Analyzed The Origin Of The Story
Op-Ed by Fred Taub,
President, Boycott Watch

    For the past few months emails have been circulating which claim the United Kingdom has removed the Holocaust from the British academic curriculum. Although that email was debunked by Karen Pollock, the Chief Executive of the UK's Holocaust Educational Trust, there is some truth to it.

   The emails are based on an April 2, 2007 report in the online edition of The Times (London) titled "Schools drop Holocaust lessons to avoid offence" . The article, in part, states: "Teachers are dropping controversial subjects such as the Holocaust and the Crusades from history lessons because they do not want to cause offence to children from certain races or religions, a report claims."

   The report states teachers, not any official curriculum board nor any schools have removed the curriculum. As such, many emails on the topic are inaccurate and should therefore not be re-circulated. It is not the UK itself which has officially removed curriculum as claimed, but rather individual teachers, an important distinction. The Times report continues: "A lack of factual knowledge among some teachers, particularly in primary schools, is also leading to 'shallow' lessons on emotive and difficult subjects, according to the study by the Historical Association."

    By allowing politically correctness to reign supreme, British grade schools and universities are not delivering a proper education. Instead, political agendas are allowed to outweigh morality and values. The British need to understand that hiding evil does not make evil go away. Instead, it forces evil to fester covertly thus allowing it to grow unchallenged, which is how Nazism grew.

    The wording of The Times report is scary, calling the world's worst evils "controversial subjects." This not only minimizes the Holocaust, but it encourages Holocaust deniers such as the UK's own David Irving who sued noted author and historian Deborah Lipstadt for calling Irving a Holocaust denier. Lipstadt won the case.

    Also active in the UK is the Holocaust denial by Arabs who are so blinded by their hate of Jews and Israel that they not only deny the Holocaust, but also fear that any recognition of the Holocaust will mean de facto recognition that Judaism is a religion or even that the Jews are a people. This is a political reality which is not acceptable in the Arab Middle East even without recognizing Israel as a Jewish state. An additional element of The Times report pointing to Arab influence on teachers is the removal of the Crusades from the curriculum, which are historically viewed as a black mark in Arab history since it resulted in the loss of Islamic lands to non-Muslims, which is considered to be embarrassing within Islam.

    There is one difference between the topics - While there are no heads of state who want to repeat the crusades, there are Arab leaders who want to repeat the Holocaust. This leads me to the conclusion that removing the Crusades from the curriculum is only meant to soften the removal of the Holocaust curriculum - more political correctness at work.

    In the meantime, the original UK Holocaust denial email has been re-circulated and renamed as the University of Kentucky. One Internet myth expert has claimed that the letters UK have been miss-transposed, but that is not the case because the two emails are otherwise identical yet circulated months apart. This was not a matter of miss-transcription via email. It was a deliberate opportunistic copycat hoax by simply changing a name.

    Denial of Holocaust education is not simply a matter of British teachers not knowing enough about the Holocaust to teach it. Although that may be the case for some, that problem can easily be remedied. The frightening part is that the educational establishment in the UK is overlooking teachers ignoring the Holocaust, a vital part of world history which must be taught lest we allow madmen like Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to repeat it. In fact, living in a world with people like Ahmadinejad should be reason enough to teach a Holocaust curriculum to every student at every level every year, and not just in the UK. In fact, teaching the Holocaust curriculum to Arabs would advance peace by teaching how the horrific aims of both Hamas and the PA's Fatah policies were implemented in the past.

    The inaction of the British academic establishment and citizenry is reminiscent of the German populous doing nothing as Hitler rose to power. People must become knowledgeable about the horrific tragedy of the Holocaust to take action with these early warning, thus preventing another Holocaust. The British may not like hearing this message, yet that is reason we need to say it louder and more often.

E-Mail This Page to a Friend
Enter the recipient's e-mail address:

(Click here to return to top of page)
 ©2007 Boycott Watch