The major problems occur in society when people live apart and become suspicious of each other. To mingle and talk is great; it breaks down barriers so that people discover they are all intrinsically similar. We humans are one people.
Religion, race and culture separate people. When people get together in multicultural ways they can benefit from the richness of different cultures. It cross-fertilises. It brings colour, vitality and joy. Out of it comes hybrids that invigorate.
It is when people become segregated from each other and alienated that trouble occurs.
We used to have a great fear of black culture from Jamaica, Pakistanis, Indians and Sikhs. But most of the people who arrived in the fifties and sixties have been integrated, taken on British values and fit in.
I know it is not perfect. A lot of work still needs doing. We need more cohesion and equality, more respect and sharing.
These days we have major problems with our Muslim community and radicalisation.
So what about a great way to bring people from different religions, cultures and races together – why not segregate them in Faith Schools!!!
Who the hell thought up such a stupid idea?
Let’s set up Jihadi colleges and Creationist schools! Why not? I mean it isn’t as if we haven’t already had problems with radicalisation in Birmingham schools; it isn’t as if there are thousands of unregistered schools indoctrinating kids with who knows what; it isn’t as if we haven’t had the Christian Catholic school indoctrinating kids.
What madness is this?
Is this a means of getting religion to fund schools?
Are GCSE results the only thing that count? Have we totally lost sight of the big picture?
There are all sorts of extreme religious fanatics who would like nothing better than to get their hands on our kids!