Two Jewish Schools in London Face Closure for Not Teaching LGBT Issues
At least two private all-girls Jewish schools in London are facing closure after a government agency discovered that they do not teach young girls about sexual orientation and transgender identity.
A government report explained that girls "are not explicitly taught about issues such as sexual orientation. This restricts pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and does not promote equality of opportunity in ways that take account of differing lifestyles."
This report from the Office of Standards in Education, Children's Services and Schools (Ofsted) said the Vishnitz Girls School in the north London borough of Hackney did not provide children "a full understanding of fundamental British values," Heat Street reported. The school teaches 212 children between the ages of three and eight.
Ofsted noted that school administrators "recognise the requirement to teach about the protected characteristics as set out in the Equality Act 2010. However, they acknowledge that they do not teach pupils about all the protected characteristics, particularly those relating to gender re-assignment and sexual orientation. This means that pupils have a limited understanding of the different lifestyles and partnerships that individuals may choose in present-day society."
Again, these girls allegedly harmed by not being taught about "different lifestyles and partnerships" are all under 9 years old, an age many parents — especially religious parents — would consider too young to learn about "the birds and the bees," much less the birds and the birds or the bees and the bees.
The Vishnitz Girls School reportedly failed its Ofsted inspection three times since February 2016, defiantly resisting the British government's attempt to force its views on 3- to 8-year-old children.
The British magazine Schools Week reported that Vishnitz is not the only private Jewish girls school falling short of Ofsted's LGBT teaching standards. Bnos Zion of Bobov, also in Hackney, failed the Ofsted inspection because the school made "no reference to protected characteristics for sexual orientation and gender reassignment."
Bnos Zion is much larger, with 1,416 students between prekindergarten and 12th grade.