Segregation between different classes and ethnicities in Britain is worsening due to increasing numbers of faith schools and the opening of free schools, a leading campaigner on social equality has warned.
Matthew Taylor, the respected chair of the Social Integration Commission, called on governors to issue regular reports on how their pupils are mixing to prevent serious divisions in society – saying that Muslim schools were of particular concern as their intakes tend to be less diverse.
[TOP RATED COMMENT] Whilst faith and independent schools exacerbate the problems, please do not be distracted by the bigger and far more pressing issues. My white European children have attended central London state schools where the majority of students are Muslim.
Over the years the kids and us (And the same goes for the other non-Muslim families of all races that we do happily socialise and compare notes with - black, white and Asian) have tried hard to socialise with the Muslim kids and their families and, apart from the very rare exception, we have got nowhere.
Most Muslim parents simply will not allow their kids to visit the houses of non-Muslim friends, even if, to accommodate them at parties, we have ensured food is appropriately Halal. Sometimes even the Muslim kids that have made the odd visit in the past will also stop visiting, as if others within their community have frowned upon their behaviour, forcing them to stop.
This is a social tragedy. Some of the Muslim kids are really lovely people, and they are being denied the opportunity to build important life-skills. The few parents we have an opportunity to exchange communication in passing at the school gates with. or, on incredibly rare occasions, to visit for a meal, have been lovely too.
But it is as if, when communicating with us they are forever looking over their shoulder out of fear. The blame for this tragedy lays within the Muslim community. There are some unpleasant forces operating within it.
[ANOTHER] One nation Britain is a thing of the past thanks to short sighted incompetent arrogant conceited politicians.
[ANOTHER] Sadly this division is led by a single grouping. No other religious group is as divisive. When we have examples of the teaching of extremism within these same schools it is a recipe for disaster.
Let us not beat around the bush, this issue is islam and islamic schools and its lack of any real desire to integrate. Other religious schools show no similar traits whether they be RC, CofE or Jewish.
The solution is simple, these islamic schools should be banned or closely regulated.
[ANOTHER] I am a supply teacher and I have worked in numerous schools across London.
In my experience muslim children as well as being the least integrated are also the most bigoted when it comes to religion.
I predict the impact on cohesion will be devastating within a generation in the UK. But try explaining this to your average IPPR liberal lefty....they want multiculturalism at all costs and any dissenting voices are those of 'racists' and 'bigots'!
[ANOTHER] "Faith and free schools breed social and racial segregation".
Of course they do. Anyone with half a brain recognises that.
The depressing fact is that most faiths, and one in particular, are fully in favour of imposing such religious and ethnic apartheid. [The Independent] Read more