Tags: Faith Schools
Posted: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 08:42 by Stephen Evans
Faith-based schools have been part of Britain's educational landscape for a long time. But as Britain's religious outlook changes, the time has come for some people to come to terms with their fear or unwillingness to question them, argues Stephen Evans.
Posted: Sat, 30 May 2015 10:18 by Oliver Kamm
In a pluralist and diverse society, it's an invitation to ignorance for children to be segregated by their parent's religious affiliation – so why, asks Oliver Kamm, is the state entrusting the education of huge numbers of children to religious bodies?
Posted: Fri, 03 Apr 2015 10:02 by Stephen Evans
The blurring of the distinction between education and religious inculcation is getting in the way of young people receiving good quality objective education about religion and belief, argues Stephen Evans.
Posted: Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:00 by Terry Sanderson
With the public, of all faiths and none, increasingly recognising the problems caused by faith schools, NSS president Terry Sanderson calls out politicians who complain about religious separatism on one hand while deliberately promoting it on the other.
Posted: Thu, 08 Jan 2015 17:07 by GP Taylor
Many principled people of faith oppose religious privilege in state schools. Former Anglican priest GP Taylor makes an impassioned case for secularism as a basis for equally inclusive education.
Posted: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 12:10 by Alastair Lichten
Every year the National Secular Society is contacted by parents upset to discover that a festive charitable project in their children's school is unwittingly making them tools for evangelisation. Alastair Lichten looks at some of their concerns.
Posted: Thu, 06 Nov 2014 11:38 by Stephen Evans
A "hideous form of discrimination" or the justifiable removal of a religious privilege? NSS campaigns manager Stephen Evans takes on Conservative MP Nigel Evans over the removal of transport subsidies to faith schools.
Posted: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:18 by Alastair Lichten
Reports of a Cabinet row over plans to require faith schools to teach more than one religion at GCSE level show that even baby steps towards greater objectivity in religious education will face fierce opposition, argues Alastair Lichten.
Posted: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:40 by Stephen Evans
A Catholic diocese has made clear its intention to replace a headteacher, drafted in to save a failing school, because he isn't Roman Catholic. Stephen Evans argues that such discrimination would be totally unacceptable in almost all other areas of public life.
Posted: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:47 by Terry Sanderson
Those with a vested interest in the continuation of 'faith schools' have started their fight back against the growing number of critics, says Terry Sanderson.
Posted: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 14:02 by Terry Sanderson
Rather than a faith-based ethos, Terry Sanderson argues that it's selection that allows faith schools to outperform other schools – and calls for fairer admissions policies to ensure a level playing field for all.
Posted: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:32 by Terry Sanderson
Politicians are in denial over the problems caused by "faith schools" and religious influence in education, argues Terry Sanderson.
Posted: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:33 by Terry Sanderson
One could almost be tempted to say "Hallelujah" to the news that Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, has at last recognised that there is a problem with dangerous religious proselytising in schools – particularly, but certainly not only, in Muslim-dominated schools.
Posted: Fri, 14 Mar 2014 08:53 by Philip Collins
If social integration is the aspiration, we should start in schools and remove faith schools' right to religious selection, argues Philip Collins.
Posted: Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:33 by Stephen Evans
Education policy and practice should focus more on children's independent interests and building a shared society rather than pandering to religious groups motivated by self-preservation, argues NSS campaigns manager, Stephen Evans.
Posted: Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:32 by Stephen Evans
The Church of England's intention is clear. State funded schools will be regarded as churches – and serve as pulpits for evangelisation, argues Stephen Evans.
Posted: Fri, 01 Nov 2013 10:11 by a teacher
A teacher's perspective on why faith schools should not be able to select staff and students based on their religion.
Posted: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:03 by Terry Sanderson
The Government is in denial about the fact that parents would prefer there to be fewer faith schools and that the system is being exploited and misused by churches and extremist groups, argues Terry Sanderson.
Posted: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:55 by Terry Sanderson
Terry Sanderson asks how have we allowed state schools to fall into the hands of people with such a sinister agenda of indoctrination?
Posted: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 10:22 by Oliver Kamm
Oliver Kamm explains why a Charedi faith schools' refusal to teach evolution doesn't just impoverish children's minds, but also violates their rights.
Posted: Thu, 25 Apr 2013 09:04 by Stephen Evans
With the shortage of primary school places becoming more acute, NSS campaigns manager Stephen Evans draws attention to the scandal of families being left with no option other than to send their children to 'faith' schools.
Posted: Mon, 01 Oct 2012 12:47 by Stephen Evans
As head teachers put the Church's plan to intensify the religious input into lessons into action, Stephen Evans asks: isn't it time to rethink the role of religion in our public education system?
Posted: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:37 by Alistair McBay
Aside from recognising the huge significance in this for a long oppressed section of the community, the Scottish Government's announcement that it intends to legislate to allow same sex marriage is also an important point of religious freedom.
Posted: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 12:00 by Keith Porteous Wood
During Education Questions in the House of Commons on Monday, Michael Gove, the Education Secretary (for England) intimated that the Government is working with the Church of England to bring about its ambition to open hundreds more church schools.
Posted: Tue, 10 Apr 2012 16:42 by Terry Sanderson
It's a Bank Holiday, half the staff in the newsroom are on leave, but news editors still have to somehow fill their papers and their broadcast bulletins. What easier way to do it than to draw on the ready-made Easter sermons of various bishops and Cardinals around the country?