Chief inspector: English schools need to address extremist elements

Source: Religion News Service

LONDON (RNS) — As the country grapples with religious extremism, Britain’s Parliament has turned its focus toward an increasingly fraught space: English schools.

Parliament’s highly influential education select committee heard Wednesday (March 7) from England’s chief inspector of schools, whom some appreciate for her frankness on the issue and others accuse of unfairly singling out Muslims.

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Chief inspector Amanda Spielman made headlines at a conference last month for her remarks after a clash between educators and Muslim parents.

Speaking to members of Parliament on Wednesday, Spielman reiterated her concerns about religious extremism in English schools and said her inspectors had found in some private Islamic schools that children had been shown films of people being beheaded and that they had been taught that it is acceptable for men to beat their wives.

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