Topic / Education

The BBC’s top radio man, James Purnell, is an atheist

And for some this is a huge problem because religious programming forms part of his job of Radio and Education Director, and they are calling for his resignation. Purnell, who was appointed to the job in 2016, is reportedly now at the centre of a row after he told listeners to Radio 4’s Today programme […]

Archbishop’s ‘shameful’ attack on non-religious schools

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has been strongly rebuked by Humanists UK for saying that, in ‘schools that are not of a religious character, confidence in any personal sense of ultimate values has diminished.’ Speaking in a House of Lords debate on education this week, Welby said: [The Church has made] a clear move […]

Employment tribunal rules in favour sacked Jewish teacher

Zelda de Groen, 24, who lost her job in 2016 at a Jewish nursery school in London after school authorities found she was ‘living in sin’ with her boyfriend, has won her case of religious and sexual discrimination. An Employment Tribunal in Watford found the way she was treated by the ultra-Orthodox Gan Menachem Nursery in […]

Why are bears appearing on a school’s Facebook page?

Because Stanton Elementary School in Powell County, Kentucky, is apparently teaching kids that atheists will be eaten by bears. Pranksters targeted the school’s Facebook page this week after it was reported that one of its pupils, ten-year-old Devin Estes, was being bullied because he decided to pull out of a daily Christian programme called the […]

Satanic Temple sign ruffles feathers in a small Texas town

In July this year, the town of Three Rivers (population 1,900) voted to reinstate corporal punishment in its schools – a move that prompted the Satanic Temple to erect a billboard stating its opposition to hitting kids. This upset Lyn Means, pastor of the local First Baptist Church: I’m very sorry that the billboard has […]

In Ireland fewer children are attending Catholic schools

Archbishop Eamon Martin , above, head of the Catholic Church in Ireland, has voiced concern at the ‘increasing numbers of Catholic children no longer attending Catholic schools’. According to this report, Martin said this presents “clear issues” for parents, families and parishes in ensuring that these children are receiving appropriate religious instruction and are being […]

Catholics refused public funds for faith-based sex education

It has just come to light that Catholic school superintendents in Alberta, Canada – headed by Karl Germann, above – applied for  $66,005 of taxpayers’ money at the beginning of this year to develop a ‘parallel’ sex education curriculum that would reflect the Church’s views on sexuality. They were effectively told to get lost. According […]

Parents called ‘extremists’ for opposing Crossteach lessons

Crossteach is one of a number of Christians organisations that exist to brainwash schoolkids, but thanks to a growing awareness among parents that the messages being passed on to their children are designed to foster intolerance, they are facing increased opposition. This most recent example of a parental backlash occurred this week when St John’s […]

NSS welcomes court ruling on school’s gender apartheid

The National Secular Society has welcomed a landmark ruling in the Court of Appeal that an Islamic school’s policy of segregating boys from girls amounted to unlawful sex discrimination. Al-Hijrah School, a state-funded Islamic school in Birmingham, admits pupils of both sexes. But from year five boys and girls are completely segregated for religious reasons […]

Uganda’s new Freethinker Library will help free kids minds

IT’S a lamentable fact that millions of children in Africa are exposed from an early age to Christian propaganda in the form of faith-based learning programmes and truckloads of religious tracts and books brought into the country by missionaries under the guise of ‘foreign aid’. This from Wikipedia: Critics question the mingling of economic, health, […]