Young believers and the forces of secularism

May 10, 2016 by

Carolyn Moynihan, MercatorNet: A new study points to anti-Christian prejudice in English schools. “I am torn between two different ways: everyone’s saying he’s [God’s] not real, everyone saying I’m wasting my time and I should be an atheist like them.”  (Toni, an 11-year-old English schoolgirl) In a column in the New York Times a few days ago self-styled progressive Nicholas Kristoff called for a more representative presence of conservatives and Christians in academic positions. This was...

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Chasidic school loses appeal against ban on new pupils

May 4, 2016 by

By Simon Rocker, Jewish Chronicle: A Chasidic boys’ school in north London which has covered up images of women in short sleeves and refuses to teach about same-sex relationships has lost an appeal against an order not to admit new pupils until it makes changes. The Beis Aharon Trust, which runs an independent school for 342 boys from three to 13 in Stamford Hill, had also been criticised by Ofsted for shortcomings in its secular education. The Care Standards tribunal ruled that the Department...

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Heads discuss teaching of religious education

May 3, 2016 by

From the BBC: Head teachers are to discuss whether parents in England should be allowed to take their children out of religious education classes, on the grounds that it undermines the teaching of “British values”. The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), which is holding its annual conference, will hear that pupils need to take part in RE to learn how to respect the views of other people. Robert Pigott reports. Watch video here  ...

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Staff segregated by gender at some faith schools, says chief inspector

Apr 28, 2016 by

by Sally Weale, Guardian: Teachers and other staff at some independent faith schools are being segregated by gender, the chief inspector of schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has said in a letter to the education secretary. In one case, staff at Rabia girls and boys school in Luton were segregated during whole-school training, with men in one room while the session was broadcast to women in a separate part of the school. In a separate incident, the school insisted on segregating male and female...

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Private religious school failed by Ofsted for teaching young earth creationism as science

Apr 22, 2016 by

from British Humanist Association: In news that could have wide implications for the teaching of creationism in private schools, an independent religious school in London has been criticised by Ofsted for having a policy which ‘promotes the teaching of incorrect content’ on evolution and creationism, and told that it does not meet the minimum standards for an independent school. Getters Talmud Torah’s downgrading is the first time the British Humanist Association (BHA) is aware of this...

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Popular schools make parents face “oversubscription criteria”

Apr 15, 2016 by

by Hannah Richardson, BBC News The most socially selective schools in England are making parents jump through numerous hoops in order to get places for their children, a report suggests. The Sutton Trust charity’s research found the 100 most socially selective schools used up to 18 categories to decide on oversubscribed places. These schools tend to be faith-based, with religious families coming from higher social groups, it added… …The report said: “The most socially selective...

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