Alarming new UK school inspection requirements

Jul 26, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute: The Government is consulting on plans to greatly expand its powers to intervene in schools in England. There has been an astonishingly brief consultation period of just six weeks, when many people are away. We are seeking to fully explore the implications. Under the planned changes to school inspection requirements, the Government could take draconian action against any school (state or private) which does not ‘actively promote’ equality on grounds including:...

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Gender gaps in college linked to divorce rates

Jul 23, 2014 by

By Nicole M King, Family Edge: While research has told us that the prevalence of divorce in our society can account for the gender gap within higher education, a recent article in The Huffington Post sheds more light on what the exact causal relation might be.  It may not just be the possibility of divorce, itself, that has such an impact on both female and male adolescents, but rather the lack of father involvement in the lives of male children. This article states that “Father absence is at...

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Petition: Establish a national inquiry into allegations of organised child abuse

Jul 21, 2014 by

By Tom Watson MP: SIGN PETITION HERE For the past two years I’ve been working with a cross party group of MPs, survivors and experts looking into allegations of child abuse which may have involved senior Westminster and Whitehall figures in the 1970s and 80s. This week it has emerged that files detailing the allegations have gone missing. Many survivors of child abuse believe they have been let down by system of child protection in the UK. Thousands had nowhere to turn. Nobody listened...

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The most ‘family friendly government ever’. Not.

Jul 16, 2014 by

By Harry Benson, The Marriage Foundation: I’m just wondering what it will take before we get any kind of family policy from government. Government is well aware of the problem. For starters, almost all welfare policy since 1997 is based on the premise that out-of-work lone parents are the most likely group to live in poverty. And I know for certain that several MPs have brought the issue of family breakdown to the Prime Minister’s attention, not least the current Work and Pensions Secretary...

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‘Disposable dads’ causing crisis in families as more boys aged 15 have a smartphone than...

Jul 14, 2014 by

by Matt Chorley and Louise Eccles, Mailonline: Teenagers are more likely to own a smartphone than live with their fathers, according to a study. It predicted that almost half of the children sitting their GCSE exams in 2020 will come from a broken home. In a startling portrait of ‘broken Britain’, the Centre for Social Justice warned that a culture of ‘disposable dads’ had developed in poorer parts of the UK.   Dr Samantha Callan, David Cameron’s former family policy adviser, who co-wrote...

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Is Same-Sex Parenting Better for Kids? The New Australian Study Can’t Tell Us

Jul 9, 2014 by

by Mark Regnerus, Public Discourse: The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families has been getting copious positive press coverage. Unfortunately, it has some serious methodological weaknesses—it studies only the lives and experiences of the LGBT elite. Imagine if evangelical sociologists set out to document how the children of evangelical Christian parents fare in life. Imagine that they begin their effort by recruiting parents of children who attend Sunday School classes at...

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