Attacks on faith schools miss the mark

May 28, 2016 by

by Chris McGovern, The Conservative Woman: Radicalisation is a greater danger in secular settings. Faith schools may be very popular with parents but calls for their abolition grow ever louder and ever more hysterical. The latest attack comes from Alice Thomson in a piece for The Times. “Religious certainty,” she asserts, “sits uncomfortably with open enquiry and academic learning.” Ironically, this is at odds with the newspaper’s royalist masthead which proclaims, “DIEU ET MON DROIT –...

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Theological literacy boosted by new Christianity resource for schools

May 26, 2016 by

Teaching of Christianity in schools is set to be transformed by a new resource from the Church of England, launched today. Understanding Christianity is a set of comprehensive materials and training which will enable pupils from age 4 to 14 to develop their understanding of Christianity, as a contribution to making sense of the world and their own experience within it. Available to all schools across the country the resource was written by a team of RE advisers from RE Today Services, in...

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‘Ofsted will become state regulator of religion’: Evangelical Alliance

May 21, 2016 by

by Jonathan Elliott, Lapido Media: THE Queen’s Speech today sets out sweeping new laws to crack down on extremism as the government ramps up its bid to stop the ‘poisonous narrative’ of radical Islamist ideology. Records of individuals with convictions for terrorism and connections to extremism will be made available to schools so that so-called ‘hate preachers’ are prevented from working with children, in much the same way as paedophiles. But although the Counter-Extremism...

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Irish Education chief cautions on religion teaching in schools

May 21, 2016 by

by Carl O’Brien, Irish Times: Community and comprehensive schools under Catholic patronage need to be prepared for a time when religious instruction and worship may not be required by students, the secretary general of the Department of Education has said. Speaking to a meeting of the Association of Trustees of Catholic Schools, Seán Ó Foghlú said the 150 or so community and comprehensive secondary schools under religious patronage are legally obliged under deeds to serve the entire...

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Some British Muslims refuse to let their children be part of British society. We should say so openly

May 17, 2016 by

Telegraph Editorial: Sir Michael Wilshaw, the head of Ofsted, is generally an admirably plain-spoken man, willing to talk with refreshing candour about problems in the education system that others refuse to confront. Yet his letter revealing his inspectors’ findings about scores of unregistered schools operating in England is curiously circumspect, almost mealy-mouthed. Referring to the risk that children face “indoctrination”, Sir Michael does not explain exactly which harmful ideas could be...

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Religion is like sex education: it must permeate the whole curriculum

May 11, 2016 by

by Professor John Wolffe, Lapido Media: RELIGIOUS literacy is key to solving social problems of misunderstanding and insecurity.  Yet I do not see it as requiring extensive factual knowledge, and certainly do not equate it with religious commitment. Indeed religiously committed people often lack religious literacy insofar as they can hold stereotyped perceptions of traditions other than their own. Rather I would suggest that religious literacy is a set of skills and attitudes that enables...

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