In 2006 Aliyah Saleem was expelled from the Jamia Al Hudaa girls' school in Nottingham. After being expelled, Saleem spoke out about the school, stating that the school, rather than teaching them about standard subjects such as geography, art, sports and history, taught them that gay men should be subjected to the death sentence and that it was okay for husbands to beat women. Because of this, their test scores were lower than average and they failed many tests. The pupils were also bullied and subject to mistreatment by a poorly trained staff. Saleem has argued that closing down the school was not enough. She feels that all independent schools should be subjected to a more vigorous monitoring system.
This can be connected the era before the Civil War. People were taught that some people were inferior to others, even if it was not true. The whites during the time were taught that the Negro was inferior to them, similar to the way that the girls are taught that gay people should be killed. The girls are also being taught that women were inferior.
- How would you feel if someone tried to force you to believe something that you did not agree with?
- How can we prevent schools like this from subjecting children to their often incorrect views?
- Does the government have a responsibility to ensure what kids are taught? Why?