Religious free schools lose out in latest application round

Sep 13, 2015 by

By Sophie Scott, Schoolsweek: Fewer religious free schools are being approved by the Department for Education (DfE), shows an analysis of the latest wave of schools approved by David Cameron. Last week the prime minister announced 18 new schools to be opened under the government’s flagship programme from next September. Just two have a religious designation – or 11 per cent of those approved, the smallest proportion since free schools were introduced. Schools Week has compared the proportion of founders applying to open a religious ethos-free school with the proportion of approved applications, for each of the application “waves”. The figures show that the proportion of religious applicants has waned, as have approvals. In total, 1,564 applications have been made to open free schools since 2010. Of these, 34 per cent (533) were for schools with a religious designation or ethos. Only 27 per cent of approved applications, however,...

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Religious education is being ‘watered down’, argues Church of England

Aug 23, 2015 by

By Javier Espinoza, Telegraph: Reverend Nigel Genders, the chief education officer of the Church of England, has said that changes to the GCSE system are also watering down religious education. Changes to the GCSE system are creating a “moral vacuum” which is fuelling extremism, the chief education officer of the Church of England has said as he argues that religious education is being “watered down”. The Reverend Nigel Genders says that a lack of understanding of true theology is pushing teenagers into the hands of the radicals, but at the same time religion is being “squeezed out” of schools across the country. As of September, the EBacc system will become compulsory, meaning all pupils will have to study core subjects – English, maths, science, history or geography and a language – as part of a Government performance measure of schools. Because RE is not included teachers do not see...

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Australian schools are replacing Religious Education with lessons on ‘respectful relationships’

Aug 21, 2015 by

By Harry Farley, Chritian Today: Religious instruction is to be scrapped from some Australian state schools and replaced with classes on ‘respectful relationships.’ The Government believes that it is better to remove religion from regular school hours to allow time for a new class teaching “global cultures, traditions, ethics and faiths.”  “It is the right thing to do,” said education minister James Merlino. “This new content helps all school students, regardless of their background or faith, to understand the world around them and the ideas and values that shape that world,” he said. A Christian group, who are the leading providers of SRI, has condemned the decision as “hastily made and poorly advised”. Read here...

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Ban Christianity from classrooms for the sake of ‘community cohesion’, demands minister

Aug 5, 2015 by

By Liam Deacon, Breitbart: The Welsh Government is poised to oust religious education and ban Christianity from schools to “rise to the challenge of community cohesion” and “extremism.” Welsh Minister for Education and Skills Huw Lewis, told Senedd, The Welsh Parliament: “My contention would be that we rename the [religious education] curriculum and transform it into the religion, philosophy and ethics element of the curriculum – where there is an explicit commitment to allowing children to ponder ideas around ethics and citizenship and what it means to be a citizen of a free country.” He argued that the Welsh government must “rise to the challenge of community cohesion” through reforming religious education. At the end of June an “Independent review of curriculum and assessment arrangements in Wales” by Professor Graham Donaldson, a former chief inspector of schools in the principality, urged that pupils in Welsh schools should be “ethical, informed...

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The plot to eradicate faith schools

Jul 31, 2015 by

by Quentin de la Bedoyere, Catholic Herald: Abortion, same-sex marriage, assisted suicide – the secular society encroaches every day. But I keep my focus on faith schools because this battle is not yet lost. While politicians for the most part support the existing arrangements, the campaign to eradicate religious schools from the public education system in Britain is so well managed and so vocal that we may soon discover that it has become a vote-winning issue. The National Secular Society, the British Humanist Association and the Accord Coalition (distinguished by its figurehead being a rabbi) are extremely active. Announcements and news stories are frequently well publicised, and there is no shortage of newspapers only too pleased to cry scandal. The term “faith schools” is easily extended to include all denominational schools, and then judged by the most extreme examples. The arguments are powerful. The major claim is the insistence...

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“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 a public school system that emphasizes the subjective over the objective and opinion over fact, it is no wonder that so many American students lack basic knowledge and yet have opinions galore. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the nation’s chief test of student achievement, American students score lower in history than any other subject, and their test scores have been declining. On the history test for fourth graders,...

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