Head of Danish schools compares the Muhammed drawings with porn

 
Head of Danish schools compares the Muhammed drawings with porn
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The chairman of the Danish Headmaster Association will not show either porn or Muhammed to Danish school children to discuss freedom of expression, he told Berlingske.

It is not necessary to show the Mohammed drawings in elementary school in order to have a discussion about how they affected people, he says.

One does not have to show everything, just because you can. You will have to assess what is right to do so as not to provoke or hurt people unnecessarily.

Claus Hjortdal, chairman of the Danish Headmaster Association, believes that students in elementary school must not see the controversial cartoons when discussing freedom of expression. It may be fine to talk about the cartoon crisis as a historical event, but teachers should refrain from pulling up the cartoons, he said.

- The question is how we use freedom of expression. Do we show the Mohammed drawings to talk about the reaction that came in light of it? It dismantles the open discussion, if there are Muslim students who are offended by these drawings, says Claus Hjortdal.

He stresses that the discussion is about what it takes to talk about freedom of expression and that freedom of expression does not equal that everything should be presented in schools.

- It is not the public school's task to ensure the artist's freedom of expression. We must ensure that we understand each other. That people understand the things that happened around freedom of expression. We must convey it so that it can create a debate, he explains.

- Just because that stuff is available, it does not mean that it justifies the involvement of it in the teaching of children, says the school leaders chairman.

- The Islamic State executes people by beheading them. The pictures are on the internet. When we tell students about the atrocities, should we show pictures of the executions in class, he asks.

- I do not think that we should show everything, just because we can. We should assess what is right to do. We will not show porn movies in the school to talk about the harmful effects of porn. We can easily talk abstractly about some things without showing everything, says Claus Hjortdal.

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