Banning faith schools is ideologically wrong. But in practice, it is worse – it is barbarism.

Jun 15, 2014 by

By Conor Pope, LabourList: “All faith schools are Trojan horses. Let’s ban every single one of them,” said the never understated Dan Hodges. “Faith schools are divisive. Let’s get rid of them,”said Alice Thomson in The Times. “Forget Trojan Horses. The real issue is faith schools,” said Catherine Bennett, who managed to identify and then dismiss the real issue before her Guardian article had even begun. The broadsheet commentators are angry. Really angry. You can tell, because their headlines...

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Homeschooling clampdown in Northern Ireland

Jun 13, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute Parents who home school in Northern Ireland could be caught by “deeply alarming” and “intrusive” proposals, the largest home education group in the Province has warned. The Education and Library Boards in Northern Ireland have proposed a new draft policy, which would give government officials sweeping powers, including to visit homes at least once a year. Maria Hanley, of the Home Education Northern Ireland (HEDNI) group, said: “The proposals are alarming and...

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‘Selection by faith’ axed at new wave of Anglican schools

Jun 11, 2014 by

By Graeme Paton, Telegraph The Church of England today signalled the creation of a new wave of faith schools with no places reserved for Christians to ensure they properly “serve their local community”. Rising numbers of schools established in the future will operate “open admissions policies” to give equal priority to non-believers and the children of other faiths, it emerged. The CofE’s newly-appointed chief education officer said the Church wanted to expand the number of Anglican school...

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I fear Islamic extremism in these schools is just the tip of the iceberg

Jun 11, 2014 by

By Manzoor Moghal, Chairman of the Muslim Forum: [...]  I found Britain a wonderfully open, welcoming nation, devoid of the kind of lethal prejudice that I had experienced in Uganda. Here, I could practise my faith and enjoy family life without any totalitarian state intervention. It would have seemed utterly bizarre when I first arrived to learn that, 40 years later, schools here would be scarred by segregation, intimidation and anti-white, anti-British sentiments. Sadly, what is happening in...

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I dread the thought of my children being taught ‘British values’

Jun 10, 2014 by

By Ed West, Spectator: [...]  ‘British values’ is a dread-inspiring term because, as was the case under New Labour, the ideas are likely to be either too vague or too debatable (this was the subject of a chapter in my book). Blair and Brown identified our values as to do with things like ‘tolerance’ and ‘fair play’, as if other nations identified themselves by their intolerance and cheating; more troubling, the values many talked about were contentious at best to my generation, and totally...

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Humanists hijack ‘Trojan Horse’ saga to denigrate faith schools

Jun 10, 2014 by

From Cranmer: The so-called ‘Trojan Horse’ plot by extremist Muslims to infiltrate a number of Birmingham’s schools is fraught with accusations, counter-accusations, recriminations and complexities. On the one hand, school leaders insist that they are properly educating their students – doing nothing but trying “to meet their spiritual needs as one tool to raise their achievement”. On the other, Ofsted say they discovered in some schools evidence of...

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