Answer: by cravenly giving in at the first sign of defiance:
The headteacher of a London school at the centre of a discrimination row has caved in and agreed to take down the Union Jack, amend 'racist' uniform rules and review the curriculum after pupils staged a mass protest.Look at what they are demanding...that a UK school should not fly the UK flag!
Pimlico Academy has been at the centre of a mutiny by students and teachers alike this week after uniform rules were announced forbidding colourful hijabs and hairstyles that 'block people's view' - policies which critics claimed would penalise Muslims and people with Afro hairstyles at the school, where three quarters of children are from ethnic minorities.
So this acadamy is teaching pupils that 'my right to be myself' trumps other students' right to see the lesson?
The British flag had been removed and burnt by pupils in September before it was put back up. Over the weekend, anti-flag graffiti appeared on the school walls saying 'Ain't no black in the Union Jack', 'White schools for brown kids are u mad' and 'Pimlico Academy...run by racists...for profit'.
If that's how they feel, then maybe a school overseas in Nigeria or Saudi Arabia would be more to their liking?
The school's headmaster Daniel Smith has now acquiesced to some of the pupils' demands and even praised the protesters, saying the flag will come down 'pending a review'.
He said in a statement: 'The right to protest is a civil liberty which, in the United Kingdom, we all enjoy, one that was hard fought-for and which not everyone in the world is fortunate to have.
'Our students are bright, courageous, intelligent young people, passionate about the things that matter to them and acutely attuned to injustice. I admire them hugely for this though I regret that it came to this.'
Do you think employers all over the country are looking at this and saying 'Ah, must get the HR Department to look out for applications from Pimlico Academy students', David..?
Well, actually, they probably are. Maybe not for the reasons you may think, though.
He added: 'The issue of the flying of the Union flag was discussed at length. We acknowledge that this symbol is a powerful one which evokes often intense reactions. We have listened to the concerns of students, parents and the wider community about it.
'After Easter, we will conduct a review of this and, as part of that, consult with all the academy's stakeholders to elicit their feedback. In the meantime, and until that review is concluded, the Union flag will not be flown at the academy.'
Why bother to hold the review, when you've already shown that, faced with the slightest pressure, you fold like a pack of cards?