Faith schools a ‘religious affront’ say coalition of religious leaders

Sep 1, 2014 by

By Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: Faith schools are “a religious affront” and discriminate against children in ways that are incompatible with religious teachings about equality, openness and fairness, according to a coalition of religious leaders. Such schools make religious faith seem “tarnished by discrimination” and lead to it being perceived as divisive, according to senior representatives from the Anglican, Catholic and other churches and faiths who today...

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Back to school next week – have we got our “Equality Statements” ready?

Aug 26, 2014 by

by Andrew Symes For some years now, all schools have had to demonstrate their commitment to the “diversity and equality” agenda. This includes the public display of a “Single Equality Statement” which explains how the school will eliminate discrimination and bullying of any kind, particularly according to sexual orientation. A Vicar of a Benefice in the south of England and Chair of the Governors of the local C of E school, tells me of the struggle he had earlier this year in convincing the...

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Role of religion in schools under pressure after Trojan Horse scandal

Aug 14, 2014 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: Almost 40 leading academics, peers and clerics are backing calls for a sweeping inquiry into the role of religion in British schools in the wake of the Trojan Horse scandal. In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, the signatories, ranging from prominent atheists to Christian and Jewish clergy, say parts of the education system are becoming “insular and divisive” and that clear rules about how far faith groups should influence schools are now urgently needed. They say...

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Legal challenge: Trojan Horse reaction ‘flawed and unlawful’

Aug 12, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute: The Christian Institute has threatened the Government with legal action over plans that “sideline” parents, and compel independent schools to ‘actively promote’ homosexual and transsexual rights. The Institute said that the new standards, to be implemented in more than 6,000 independent schools, are “badly written” and could result in removing gender specific terms such as ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ from the curriculum. And Christian schools could be forced to downgrade...

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Lenin’s useful idiots are now running our schools. Trojan Horse is their legacy

Jul 24, 2014 by

By Chris McGovern, Conservative Woman: “I found clear evidence that there are a number of people, associated with each other and in positions of influence in schools and governing bodies, who espouse, sympathise with or fail to challenge extremist views.” These damning words constitute an important conclusion of Peter Clarke’s report on the ‘Trojan Horse’ debate about a number of schools in my home city of Birmingham. The whole affair seems to have come as...

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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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