A NEW teaching aid has been published asking school children to write a letter to terrorists to help understand their motives.
The Daily Express reports the book ‘Talking about Terrorism’ was published weeks before the Manchester Arena Attack where 22 were murdered and 64 injured by an Islamic terrorist.
It tells young children terrorists kill people because they believe they are being treated “unfairly and not shown respect”.
The mass murder of innocent members of the public is described as a “type of war” in the textbook.
Authors give examples of “terrorists” whose motives turned out to be right, saying: “The Suffragettes used violence and were called terrorists”.
They also added: “Today many people think of them as brave women and admire their struggle for the right to vote.”
In an activity recommended for children aged seven to 11, teachers are asked to “invite children to write a letter to a terrorist. If they could ask a terrorist six questions, what would they be?”
The book has provoked uproar, with critics calling it dangerous and that it may cause pupils to garner sympathy with Islamic terrorism.
It was published by Brilliant Publications and contained a foreword by Peter Wanless of the NSPCC and a message from the Jo Cox Foundation. The latter has links to Hope Not Hate, a hardline leftist campaign “against hate”.
Chris McGovern, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, aid the letter writing exercise would confuse and upset pupils.
He told the Express: “He said: “This a crackpot idea based on the misguided notion that primary school children must engage with, and show “respect” for, religious fanatics who are seeking to kill them.
“It is part of the “British Values” agenda that is being forced on schools by Ofsted and the educational establishment.
“The primary school classroom is not the place to humanise terrorism by ‘pretend dialogue’.”
In trying to help children “understand” terrorists’ motives, the book invites sympathy for the killers, critics claim.
And by invoking the Suffragettes and Nelson Mandela, it leads children to question whether terrorism might be justifiable, they say.
The British public has taken to social media to condemn the publication.
Darren Beech commented: “Just when you thought social and liberalist Britain couldn’t bring the country any lower, we have this being given to our children. Words honestly fail me, other than whoever come up with this idea needs to be fired.”
Heidi Springer added: “This is absolute proof that our education system used by the left wing to warp the minds of our youngsters it must be rooted out and perpetrators sacked forthwith.”
Christine Mccarthy said: “Brainwashing our children turning them into cowards and sitting ducks. They should be taught if someone smacks you for no reason you smack them back harder to stop them doing it again. This attitude will cause the destruction of this country. I hope their parents aren’t such cowards and appeasers as their thick cowardly teachers.”
Paul Morris posted: “I’m a teacher and this is not uncommon, tip of the iceberg with society being the metaphorical Titanic. I campaigned for Brexit and made the decision to be open about it, didn’t go down so well but did encourage others to speak up…. Love teaching dislike the Marxist environment.”