Sunday, January 28, 2007

Zero will be emphasised

Ironically, I came across this at Gates of Vienna:

Children will be taught race relations and multiculturalism with every subject they study -from Spanish to science - under controversial changes to the school curriculum announced by the Government.

In music and art, they could have to learn Indian and Chinese songs and instruments, and West African drumming .

In maths and science, key Muslim contributions such algebra and the number zero will be emphasised to counter Islamophobia.


Tory MP Douglas Carswell, a member of the Commons education select committee, said schools will be vehicles for multicultural propaganda and classrooms turned into 'laboratories for politically-correct thought'.

One thought: when you control the education of the young, you control everything. How did we let the government take this much control of education?

I have just checked, and there seems to be a comprehensive trashing in the article in Wikipedia of the idea that zero (and, yes, it is very important) was invented within Islam.

Truth doesn't matter in the education of the young either, then. Just so long as they think the right thoughts.

Here's some interesting musings from the Beeb's education correspondent on the topic.

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