Primary school in England bans children from watching solar eclipse for “religious and cultural reasons”

Pupils at North Primary School in Southall were stopped from watching the eclipse directly and had to observe it on screens instead.

…Ivor Johnstone, headteacher of North Primary School, said: “The school made this decision when we became aware of religious and cultural concerns associated with observing an eclipse directly. 

…He refused to say which religions and cultures have concerns about observing eclipses directly.

Mr Belman added: “It is a very diverse school with kids from a lot of backgrounds including our own. They take a balanced approach as a whole, so this is completely out of the blue.”

h/t tom_billesley

Understanding Eclipses the Islamic way.

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  • Farking Madness.

  • Exile1981

    In islam the eclipses are signs that allah wants them to kill more ie be a better muslim. Maybe they were afraid that having the kids see it would cause some spontanious outbreaks of sudden jihadi syndrome or multiculturalism?

  • Solo712

    In the meantime, the wise scholars at the Smithsonian are teaching that Europe was “ruled by Islam” for eight hundred years in the Middle Ages. Verily, we live in an age of miracles and wonders.

    http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/shows/islam-and-the-west/the-challenge/789/137275

  • Frances

    Actually, one never watches a solar eclipse ‘directly’. That can lead to blindness. We were always taught to use indirect means to view the eclipse.

    • MannieP

      Exactly.

    • Minicapt

      Although some individuals need not be dissuaded from direct viewing.

      Cheers

    • This isn’t about having kids stare at the sun until their retinas fry. We’re not talking ‘Elf ‘N Safety here.

      “Pupils had made their own pinhole cameras as homework and took them into school today, only to be told they were not allowed to use them to watch the eclipse.”

  • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

    I got a ‘Bet Football’ gambling ad when I went to the ‘Islamic Awakening’ website!…… haha

  • Edubeat

    Uhhh yes I used to have the kids use welders’ goggles to look at the eclipse just to be on the safe side. I guess my methodology is now dated

  • tom_billesley

    There were ‘religious and cultural reasons’, but interim headteacher Ivor Johnstone said he was unable to elaborate on the decision because of ‘confidentiality’.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3004302/Parents-anger-school-bans-pupils-watching-eclipse-cultural-religious-reasons.html