“Defactualization” Is Causing American Schools to Become Bastions of Anti-Intellectualism

Jul 15, 2015 by

By William Jeynes, Public Discourse: Truth has been relegated to a secondary position in the nation’s public schools, universities, political forums, and public squares. Years ago, there was a television show called Dragnet. In this popular drama, which largely reenacted real life events, Sergeant Joe Friday would often say, “Just the facts, ma’am, just the facts.” In today’s public schools, it appears that teachers often ask for the opposite: “Just your opinion, child, just your opinion.” In...

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Comrade Morgan frets about biphobic bullying. Get those kids to a re-education camp

Jul 13, 2015 by

By Laura Perrins, The Conservative Woman: What can you say about Nicky Morgan, politician extraordinaire? I do believe she has a third arm – two to hold her brief as “I never talk about education” Education Secretary, and one permanently to hold aloft her hand on which is her finger to test what way the political wind is blowing. The Minister has taken time out of her diary of not improving Britain’s schools, to speak at Stonewall’s annual Education Conference, “which aims to draw attention to...

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Today in General Synod, York July 11th.

Jul 11, 2015 by

Patrick Sookhdeo of Barnabas Fund, and Guy Hordern the former Chair of the Birmingham Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) addressed a fringe meeting today hosted by Anglican Mainstream. The subject was reasons for the Islamist radicalization of young people and the role of Religious Education in combating this.   Patrick Sookhdeo’s talk can be found in full in PDF form, available here: Radicalization and education   After the talks, there was a question and...

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RE teachers living in fear over offending pupils and parents

Jun 29, 2015 by

From Cambridge News: Teachers are living in fear they will offend pupils and provoke parents as they bluff their way teaching religious studies in primary schools. Sue Ward, the religious education adviser for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, said she is contacted every day by primary teachers asking for help with the subject. The principal examiner for religious studies, philosophy and ethics at Cambridge-based exam board OCR said they do not get enough training for the complexity of the...

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Faith schools must be forced to teach about homosexuality – Andy Burnham

Jun 25, 2015 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: Faith schools must be forced to teach about gay and lesbian relationships on a par with heterosexual couples, the Labour leadership front-runner Andy Burnham has insisted. The Shadow Health Secretary said those who argue that requiring all schools to teach about same-sex unions would be a threat to religious freedom were “straightforwardly wrong”. In an interview with PinkNews, the LGBT website, he added that the growth of academies and free schools was allowing...

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RE must not be downgraded

Jun 16, 2015 by

From the Church of England: Like the authors of A new settlement for religion and belief in schools? published yesterday and along with many others in the RE community, we have been arguing for and making a concerted effort to improve the quality of religious education in schools. But by removing any statutory requirement post-14 the importance we place on the subject, which helps young people make sense of a world where more than 80% of the population are people of faith, will be downgraded...

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