We don’t need no human rights in the classroom. Hey, teacher leave them kids alone!

Aug 29, 2018 by

by Andrew Tettenborn, Rebel Priest:

There was a time when inculcating beliefs in children that conscientious parents might not agree with was frowned on. Even when most people in this country were Christian, the right of parents to pull their children out of Religious Education (RE) was jealously guarded. Today, it is just the opposite. The fact that parents might have difficulties with beliefs the establishment approves of shows that the parents are simply misguided, and if anything is a reason in favour of imposing them willy-nilly.

We’ve already seen this happening in respect of ethics with the successor to RE, Sex and Relationships Education (SRE). Not only do we see a governmental determination to axe any tiresome parental opt-out in respect of what it might say about (for example) gender assignment or same-sex relationships, but it turns out that much of the guidance is being produced for a willing educational establishment by partisan organisations like Stonewall.

What you may not have realised is that much the same is happening in some areas of politics too. Human rights are a case in point. Hardly a week goes by without some newspaper attacking what it sees as an undeserving cause being accorded human rights protection; and indeed until relatively recently it was Theresa May’s policy to exit the European Convention on Human Rights (EHCR) altogether and replace it with a home-grown model.

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