Wednesday, June 03, 2015

UK: Council sparks outrage by asking children as young as nine whether 'it is OK to marry someone from a different race or religion'

A council has sparked outrage with parents after it sent out a survey asking children whether it would be acceptable to 'marry someone from a different race or religion'.

Pupils as young as nine at Buxton Primary School in east London were handed the voluntary questionnaire by Waltham Forest Council last week as part of its new safeguarding project.

The Building Resilience through Integration & Trust (BRIT) programme, which is funded by the European Commission, aims to help protect youngsters from potentially harmful information online.

But parents were shocked to learn their children, who are in Year 5 or 6, had been asked a string of controversial questions including 'how much do you trust people of another race/religion?' and 'would you mind if a family of a different race or religion moved next door?'

Several took to social media, sparking outcry from other Twitter users who described it as 'unbelievable' and 'appalling'. One user said: 'How old are these kids?! Young children (esp. boys) have literally no idea about marriage [sic].'  Another added: 'It's very sad if any 7 year old thinks it is not OK to marry someone from a different race or religion'.

Others felt that the form was being directed specifically at Muslim children, asking if they agree with statements such as 'God has a purpose for me' and 'I believe my religion is the only correct one'.



Anonymous said...

It is only asking what the children personally think already and not what they should think, so there is no influence on the children, and the results would obviously be very revealing. Yes Muslim parents would be automatically paranoid about it.

Bird of Paradise said...

More examples of Diversity?

Anonymous said...

But the question is, why are they asking the question? Why do they need to know? So they can "correct" incorrect thinking?

Anonymous said...

More crap from the European brains trust. No wonder the UK wants out, especially if they can boot illegals and the unwanted which is against EU policy.

Stan B said...

Seven year old children are not mature enough to seriously consider most of these types of questions, and you will get a rather sorry set of data from which to make "policy" if you try and rely on the answers.

When I was seven, I was aware of a total of TWO religions generally - Catholicism and Protestantism. Yes I knew there were others out there, but I had no idea what they were about. I figured everyone just had different opinions about the Son of God or the Pope (who was always right, by the way).

I don't know of many religions that don't espouse some basic version of "Our Way or the Hell Way!" Islam, Christianity, Judaism - all teach that basic tenet.

Anonymous said...

It's a socioligical survey - obviously to see at what ages children tend to identify with the social prejudices of their parents or local communities as regards race and religion. What use the results are is another matter, apart from just being of academic interest.

Anonymous said...

sorry - "sociological" survey

Alpha Skua said...

The Euroweenie Union of Euroweenies