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 On the subject of the hardline takeover of Birmingham schools, I think The Guardian may be Britain’s most dishonest newspaper.

Gilligan, Andrew.  “Trojan Horse: how The Guardian ignored and misrepresented evidence of Islamism in schools.”  The Telegraph, June 9, 2014.

Now I’m curious about the merely less dishonest newspapers!


However the scribblers spill ink or etch their brilliance into long-term optical-magnetic storage, the British jotters appear to be picking up on the latest in the conflict between the truth and political correctness.

Hardline Muslim governors led an ‘organised campaign’ to change the character of ordinary state schools, the Education Secretary Michael Gove told MPs in a fiery Commons statement this afternoon.

McTague, Tom. “Jesus dolls removed, raffles banned and non-Muslim pupils blocked from school trips to Saudi Arabia: the damning Ofsted findings into five ‘Trojan Horse’ schools.” Mail Online, June 9, 2014.

Her Majesty’s Inspectors carried out inspections of 21 schools in Birmingham between 5 March 2014 and 1 May 2014. All of the schools that were inspected are publicly funded and none is a faith school.

Sparrow, Andrew and Ben Quinn.  “Ofsted finds “culture of fear and intimidation” in some schools: Politics live blog.”  The Guardian, June 9, 2014.

The inspectors found evidence that governors of some schools had exerted ‘inappropriate influence’ on the day to day running of schools — including narrowing of the curriculum, manipulating staff appointments and misuse of school funds. The makeup of some governing bodies has changed ‘markedly’ over recently years, leaving the schools vulnerable to ‘influence by unsuitable governors’.

In particular, some of the academies were judged by Ofsted to be breach of their funding agreements — including not having ‘broad and balanced’ curriculums, a ‘balance in religious education’ or fulfilling a ‘general requirement to promote community cohesion’.

Payne, Sebastian.  “Five things you need to know about Ofsted’s ‘Trojan Horse’ report.”  The Spectator, June 9, 2014.

That last excerpt includes a four-minute-and-forty-second address by Sir Michael Wilshaw, the Ofsted organization’s chief inspector.  Less than two minutes along, he says, ” . . . there has been a sudden and distinct decline in these schools . . . .’

A Muslim school found to have books suggesting stoning and lashing as appropriate punishments says it is the victim of “hostility”.

BBC.  “Books ‘promoting storning’ found at Olive Tree Primary School.”  June 9, 2014.

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