I am surprised that you're surprised that I'm surprised. :-)
I totally agree with the school's decision. I see too many cases where Australian culture and or beliefs as a nation, are denied or overridden at the drop of a hat so as to accommodate other cultures and or beliefs.
.. and I'm surprised that you're surprised that I'm surprised that you're surprised!
I think know what you're saying, Adanac. Changes to existing practices (or practises
? I remain eternally confused ..) to accommodate those from different cultures. Personally, I haven't seen all that many such accommodations myself, but I know there has been quite a bit of public controversy from time to time, when they have been considered. We are one of the most multicultural countries on the planet, so I'd say it's inevitable we're likely to see even more changes to the way we've traditionally done things, as migrants from so many different cultures assimilate into the community.
But I was talking about the curriculum of a state school. And a request for change to an existing program to accommodate an extreme minority belief. And as I said, I think it was the right decision to reject such a request. Besides, imagine the public outcry, say nothing of the reaction of the Education Department, if the school had
obliged! Momma mia!
And I guess, in their deliberations, the school administration & council would have had to consider the notion that music & dancing might have some terribly adverse influence on girls, too? A pretty sad state of affairs if music & dance were deemed to be an evil influence.
I haven't come across you here before, Adanac, so I'm assuming you're new to A2k. Welcome.
Are you Australian?