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to not want my kid to go to a mosque ...again!

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moaningminnie2 Wed 01-Oct-14 14:46:34

We live in North Yorkshire and every year the village Cof E school run a whole-school trip to Bradford.First they went to a mosque, then the following year a Gurdwara and then a Hindu temple, and now this year back to a mosque again.They do that in the morning, then have lunch and a run around in a park, and then in the afternoon a quick visit to 'Bombay Stores' and then back home for school pick up. DD and her friends don't want to go ( they went in Y2) and I resent having to pay £13 for each of my 2 kids at the school.Whaty is the point of going to the same place again, and do the school get 'Brownie Points' for doing this sort of RE trip.

grocklebox Wed 01-Oct-14 14:48:40

Then keep them home that day. Twice in four years though, not like its excessive.....

MissM Wed 01-Oct-14 14:51:08

I'd say good on the C of E school for broadening the children's understanding that there isn't just one faith. Which is something my kids' C of E school is spectacularly bad at. I'd love it if they were taken to a mosque instead of to the bloody church twice every term.

And no, the schools don't get 'brownie points' - not quite sure what you're implying by this.

neiljames77 Wed 01-Oct-14 14:51:13

Ask if they can go to a synagogue instead if more variety and diversity is the issue.

LaurieFairyCake Wed 01-Oct-14 14:53:06

What an idiotic point of view.

Their age will get them different things each time they go, just like visiting a museum or a gallery.

The experience when you're 5 isn't the same when you're 9.

You sound prejudiced.

I'm surprised you can't see how ridiculous you sound - do you prevent them going to church at Christmas because they went at Easter?

Bulbasaur Wed 01-Oct-14 14:55:59

Believe it or not you don't get "brownie" points for not being prejudice and going outside your bubble to learn about culture around you. That's baseline behavior that's expected of any decent human being.

It's a good thing they're learning about different religions. Not to be cheesy, but these kids are the future and I fail to see how learning about other cultures and religion is a bad thing. They all have to exist together when they're older, teach them understanding and tolerance while they're young.

Rusticated Wed 01-Oct-14 14:56:17

You do sound prejudiced, under the veneer of 'I don't want them to have the same trip again'. Keep them at home if you're not happy, but I also think it's a good initiative. Or suggest other religious spaces that could be investigated in future - synagogues? Buddhist centres? Jain temples?

TuneCharm Wed 01-Oct-14 14:57:07

I think repeating visits seems very strange. I suspect schools get "politically correct" points from OFSTED. Either that or the school has zero imagination.

moaningminnie2 Wed 01-Oct-14 14:57:09

' do you prevent them going to church at Christmas because they went at Easter?'
what an idiotic question to ask of a Cof E school?

AMumInScotland Wed 01-Oct-14 14:58:19

Wow, once a year they go to a place of worship which isn't Christian. How unreasonable of them. hmm

Three years on, maybe she'll pick up some slightly different understanding about Islam from a visit to the mosque as she did at age 5?

wafflyversatile Wed 01-Oct-14 14:58:28

You send them to a CofE School every day, so a trip to a mosque every few years is hardly excessive.

moaningminnie2 Wed 01-Oct-14 14:58:31

didn't mean the question mark there, before the pedants pile in ;-)

SpringHeeledJack Wed 01-Oct-14 14:58:59

it sounds lovely

I think you should get over yourself

we've done the same museum visit twice over the years and no-one minds

plus- I bet your kids would rather go with the rest of the school and have a fun day out rather than sit in an empty classroom all day

MissM Wed 01-Oct-14 14:59:10

'I suspect schools get "politically correct" points from OFSTED.'

I suggest you go and look at the Ofsted framework for inspection of schools to see how utterly ridiculous that comment is. Are you a UKIP member by any chance?

motherinferior Wed 01-Oct-14 14:59:33

Given the amount of anti-Muslim prejudice around, I think a repeat visit to a mosque in - gasp - four years is a rather good thing. And since a quarter of the population of Bradford is Muslim, according to the 2011 census, it seems even more appropriate for the nearby children to realise that Muslims are, well, normal.

Sounds like a lovely day out, actually.

molesbreath Wed 01-Oct-14 15:00:36

£13 shock

TuneCharm Wed 01-Oct-14 15:01:38

They most likely will get points. Remember that school that was criticised by OFSTED in Devon for not being multi-cultural enough, so my comment is not "utterly ridiculous". And you are very rude.

SpringHeeledJack Wed 01-Oct-14 15:01:57

anyway that's a very interesting thread to start on your FIRST DAY ON THE SITE

<harry hill look to camera>

freezation Wed 01-Oct-14 15:02:14

Slightly off topic but why is it £13? It seems a lot just for a coach. Have they given you a breakdown of costs?

Trills Wed 01-Oct-14 15:02:44

Their age will get them different things each time they go, just like visiting a museum or a gallery.

I agree with Laurie.

TuneCharm Wed 01-Oct-14 15:03:33

And I see the poor OP now has to face a deluge of personal attacks for daring to have an opinion that's not the same as everyone else! If I were you Moaning, I'd not bother to read the rest of the thread. I hope the school find something new to do.

fellowes Wed 01-Oct-14 15:04:00

i wouldnt want to pay for mine to go on a repeat trip tbh.

Castlemilk Wed 01-Oct-14 15:04:05

Bombay Stores is great though <misses point>

LaurieFairyCake Wed 01-Oct-14 15:05:25

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LemonBreeland Wed 01-Oct-14 15:06:10

I wouldn't be bothered about the mosque. I would be annoyed about �13 for an educational trip. That should be coming out of school funds, not parents purses.

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