Thursday, 8 June 2017

Do All UK Schools Teach British Values in Assembly?

You probably have a picture of what goes on in School Assembly in the UK. If you went to a UK school, or are in one now, you can think of your school's Assemblies, and probably imagine them as being typical. Many students might say that Assemblies are "boring". But the Assembly Leader is trying to get over a message to the students.

Do all UK schools teach similar things in Assembly? Should they?

We assume that school Assemblies in UK schools teach British values.
Amongst these values, most UK citizens would identify tolerance and democracy as key components.
If you are an Assembly leader in a UK school you probably give a lot of thought to the messages you are giving to young people. If you are a parent of a child in a UK school you assume that Assembly leaders are teaching British values.

But are all schools teaching British values in Assembly?
Does it matter?
Would you be happy if schools were teaching hatred of others?
Here is an example. Is this typical? Is your school Assembly like this one? Are we showing British tolerance by allowing Assemblies like this?

Would you be happy for your child to be in an Assembly like this? This is happening in some schools in the UK as we can see in the video.

The school in the video is still operating and it's website is here.

On this website the school says it "provides a great emphasis on Tarbiyyah (moral and spiritual training) of students. And in doing so instilling in them excellent adab and akhlaaq (manners and good character) and a strong attachment to Allaah and the Sunnah of the Prophet Sallallaah Alahi Wa sallam."

Is this the "moral and spiritual training" you thought was going on in UK School Assemblies?
Should we show our British reserve and look the other way?

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