The U.K. government’s requirement that schools teach “British values,” including “toleration” of homosexuality and transgenderism, has provoked opposition.
But a recent inspection of school curricula by the government agency Ofsted that left girls at a Jewish school “severely shaken” prompted stinging rebukes from a former London Guardian columnist and a writer for the London Times, reported the U.K.’s Christian Institute.
It was an inspection of the Yesodev Hatorah school in London that triggered the reaction.
Rev. Giles Fraser, writing for the Unherd website, said the school regulator, Ofsted, has “failed to understand the most basic feature of their own values: respect and toleration.” Phillips, in the Jewish Chronicle, said the government was being “profoundly intolerant” in its effort to “eradicate” religious differences.
Fraser noted the Jewish school’s values are distinct from the establishment secular view, “not least when it comes to sex education.”
Ofsted inspectors, however, he said, “obviously came with a fixed agenda, they wanted to talk to the girls