The difficult question of the relationship between faith and state has reared its uncovered head — Muslim women are leading a campaign to ban the rise of young children wearing hijabs in state-funded primary schools.

As the author of an open letter calling on Ofsted and the government to take action, I fear for our children's futures. Education is key: to challenge and critique, to expose minds to thoughts, actions and ideas they might otherwise not be exposed to. This journey into the taboo-laden subject of gender rights has upset some white liberals and ultra-Islamic conservatives. Questions raised include those of choice, parental freedoms, and how far the state has the right to facilitate the practice of one's faith.

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