Given that there is a general consensus that it is best for all parties if young Muslims fully integrate into our society, I wonder what your reaction is to the news that UK private Muslim schools have been given the power to police themselves.
In a controversial move, they have won the right to appoint their own Ofsted-style inspectors. A new independent watchdog has been set up to be more "sensitive” toward Islamic education. The decision comes despite concerns some private Muslim schools are already failing to prepare pupils for life in modern Britain. Barry Sheerman, the chairman of the Commons schools select committee, told MPs last month local councils were finding it "difficult to know what is going on in some faith schools – particularly Muslim schools". But religious leaders defended the move, saying the curriculum and religious traditions in faith schools demand specialist knowledge.
This is pathetic stuff. It shows that their is little will amongst the political class to ensure that Muslim schools are providing an education process which is compatible with the values of our society. This is an opt-out and another victory for Islam in the UK. It is also a betrayal of these young Muslim kids.