Government challenged over treatment of non-religious views in RE lessons

Jul 1, 2016 by

from the National Secular Society: The Government has been challenged in the House of Lords over its approach to the inclusion of non-religious worldviews in religious education. Lord Taverne, the Liberal Democrat peer and an honorary associate of the National Secular Society, asked the Government to explain why it had “condemned” guidance on the teaching of non-religious worldviews in religious studies. The guidance, written by Dr Satvinder Juss – a Professor of Law at...

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CE Primary School criticised by Ofsted for children not understanding impact of homophobia

Jun 30, 2016 by

from Bolton News: A “GOOD” primary school has been marked down because children do not have “a good enough understanding” of homophobia and different types of relationships. St Stephen’s (Kearsley Moor) CE Primary School’s results are above average despite children’s starting points — where often the majority start without the knowledge and skills typical for their age. But the school has been criticised by Ofsted inspectors because pupils do not have a good enough understanding of...

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New Christian school sparks outrage after it removes a cross from its pupil-designed logo ‘after receiving complaints that it was offensive’

Jun 29, 2016 by

by Hugo Gye, Mailonline: Parents at a Church of England school have been left furious after council bosses removed the Christian cross from the school’s logo. Oak C of E Primary School opened last month in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire after three pre-existing school merged into one huge institution. When the school was launched, it boasted a logo with an oak tree whose branches took the shape of the cross, in a nod to its Christian connections. But just a few weeks later, the cross was...

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Western Universities: The Best Indoctrination Money Can Buy

Jun 27, 2016 by

by Denis MacEoin, Gatestone Institute: The tendency of modern liberals to wring apologies out of governments for the actions of their ancestors, from the slave trade to Orientalist depictions of the peoples of Islam, is a pointless attempt to re-write history. There are, of course, no calls for Muslim governments to apologize for anything from their slave trade to the early Arab conquests. “The ethics of establishing a campus in an authoritarian country are murky, especially when it...

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Universities’ War Against Truth

Jun 24, 2016 by

by Roger Scruton, EPPC: Young people today are very reluctant to assume that anything is certain, and this reluctance is revealed in their language. In any matter where there might be disagreement, they will put a question mark at the end of the sentence. And to reinforce the posture of neutrality they will insert words that function as disclaimers, among which the favourite is ‘like’. You might be adamant that the Earth is spherical, but they will suggest instead that the Earth is, ‘like,...

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The Other Campus Free-Speech Problem No One’s Talking About

Jun 20, 2016 by

By Mary Eberstadt, The Federalist: Christian activists are not trying to shutter secular schools; but some progressive activists are trying to put Christian schools out of business. During the past few years, responding to ever-more draconian codes on secular campuses aimed at constraining free speech, dissenting voices have been raised here and there across the political spectrum, defending free expression and free association for all. This addition of conscientious objection outside...

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