New Book Encourages Children to Consider Terrorists' Feelings...
In the UK, a new teacher's aid has been published to help children learn about terrorism (see British Singer ‘Morrissey’ Slams UK Government for Open Borders, Inaction on Terrorism… and Twitter Founder Regrets Not Censoring Trump Tweets. Has No Problem With ISIS Accounts…). But not in the "we have people who hate our way of life" kind of book, telling children there's real evil in the world. No, instead of teaching the toxic nature of ISIS, the new book suggests we hold hands wit Ahmed, singing kumbayah beside burning cars just before he beheads us. Well that's the subtext at least.
From the Express:
The book, Talking About Terrorism, published weeks before the Manchester Arena atrocity, describes the indiscriminate mass murder of innocent members of the public as a “type of war”.
It tells primary age children that terrorists kill people because they believe they are being treated “unfairly and not shown respect”.
It gives examples of “terrorists” whose ideas then turn out to be right: “The Suffragettes used violence and were called terrorists...” it stated.
Sidebar: there's nothing wrong with "knowing thy enemy." In fact it's necessary in order to combat him. Perhaps it's too soon to teach to young Tommy and Sally, but such is modern education. But it’s a different thing to excuse terrorism as a justifiable act stemming from unfair treatment. Muhammad felt marginalized by Western Civilization, ergo he deprived Henry of his cranium. Mmm, no.
In an activity recommended for pupils aged seven to 11, teachers are urged to “invite children to write a letter to a terrorist. If they could ask a terrorist six questions, what would they be?”
Chris McGovern, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said the letter task would confuse and potentially upset pupils.
He said: “This a crackpot idea based on the misguided notion that primary school children must engage with, and show “respect” for, religious fanatics who are seeking to kill them.
Well right. Understanding your enemy: necessary to the art of war. Sympathizing with and hoping to curry favor with your enemy? The beginning of extermination. One of these things is not like the other.
“It is part of the “British Values” agenda that is being forced on schools by Ofsted and the educational establishment.
“The primary school classroom is not the place to humanise terrorism by ‘pretend dialogue’.”
Sympathy and strategy aren't interchangeable. Terrorists are hateful, bomb-wearing scum bags, believing a haram of 72 virgins will greet them after their final ka-boom. That is if they die in jihad. Wherein they slaughter as many infidels as possible in their self-exploding radius. If self-explosion isn't their cup of chai, burning infidels in cages might be. There's nothing like the smell of charred flesh in the morning.
Which is to say when teaching young chitlins about ISIS or any other terrorist organization, the accompanying assignment shouldn't be "Write a letter to Muhammad with your burning questions," but "List the top five ways you would wipe ISIS off of planet Earth, burning optional."
Here are the real facts about ISIS. Gather up, children.