Parents of school children in the UK were shocked when they received a letter from the school informing them that their children would be required to attend a school trip to attend a workshop on Islam and that any children who did not attend would have a “racial discrimination” notation added to their permanent file.
Here is the text of the letter:
As part of the National Religious Education Curriculum together with the multicultural community in which we live, it is a statutory requirement for Primary School aged children to experience and learn about different cultures.
The workshop is at Staffordshire University and will give your child the opportunity to explore other religions. Children will be looking at religious artefacts similar to those that would be on display in a museum. they will not be partaking in any religious practices.
Refusal to allow your child to attend this trip will result in a Racial Discrimination note being attached to your child’s education record, which will remain on this file throughout their school career.
As such our expectations are that all children in years 4 and 6 attend school on Wednesday 27th November to take part in this trip.
All absences on this day will be investigated for their credibility and will only be sanctioned with a GP sick note.
If you would like to discuss this further please contact our RE Coordinator, Mrs Edmonds.
Many parents were, understandably, upset at the tone of the letter and the threat of a permanent note in their child’s file indicating that kids as young as eight were racists for not attending the religious workshop and they were able to “convince” the school officials to rescind the threats.