Topic / Education

‘Jihad’ in, evolution out in Turkey’s new education plans

Turkey’s Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz, above, yesterday unveiled the the final version his country new national school curriculum, which will teach pupils the ‘proper’ meaning of ‘jihad’, but  will not address the subject of evolution. Yilmaz said that evolution out because: It is above the students’ level and not directly relevant. The new curriculum will […]

UK Court of Appeal to rule on school’s gender apartheid

Southall Black Sisters is rallying support for a demonstration to take place this week outside the the Court of Appeal in London where a Muslim school’s practice of gender segregation will be heard. The hearing is scheduled for tomorrow and on Wednesday – July 11 and 12. In calling for support, SBS say here: This […]

OGOD wins South African religious education lawsuit

In April we carried a report that the Organisation for Religious Education and Democracy (OGOD), headed by secularist Hans Pietersen, above, had launched a lawsuit against six schools, alleging that they were illegally foisting Christianity of pupils. Well, today it’s reported here that the High Court in Johannesburg has sided with OGOD, saying that schools […]

Trump kicks church/state separation into the long grass

To the delight of the evangelical clowns who adore him, President Trump said this week that wants more Christian voices in politics and on TV and radio, and that all schools ‘should welcome faith and religion with wide open, beautiful arms’. Addressing the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference on Thursday, Trump told attendees that government […]

New bookshop addition: Humanism For Inquiring Minds

Veteran freethought activist, Barbara Smoker, celebrated her 94th birthday yesterday  – and to coincide with the occasion G W Foote and Co.Ltd, publishers of the Freethinker, added a Kindle edition of Humanism For Inquiring Minds  to our bookshop. Except for “faith” schools, which have special privileges, any school that teaches religion is required to make […]

School teacher disappears after saying gays deserve to die

Californian teacher Michael Stack, above, has reportedly vanished after row erupted over a letter he wrote to his school’s student newspaper, saying that those who commit homosexual acts ‘deserve to die’. The San Luis Obispo High School teacher went missing after he resigned in the face of widespread outrage. According to this report, Stack did […]

Homeschooling will fill America with God-besotted millionaires

The last piece I posted about American evangelist Dave Daubenmire exposed his misogyny. Back in October 2016, Daubenmire, listed #607 in The Encyclopedia of American Loons, ranted: Women and men may be equal but I think it’s pretty clear that the Bible teaches us that women should not be in authority over a man. Well, […]

NSS President attacks Church of England’s pastoral letter

Addressing voters in a pre-General Election pastoral letter, C of E Archbishops said faith has a central role to play in politics and that: Political responses to the problems of religiously-motivated violence and extremism, at home and overseas, must also recognise that solutions will not be found simply in further secularisation of the public realm. […]

Lay preacher: ‘NZ schools must stop favouring Christianity’

New Zealand’s Secular Education Network has filed a case with the Human Rights Review Tribunal over the teaching of Christianity in state schools. SEN’s spokesman, David Hines – third from right, above – believes all religions should be taught in an academic way and that Christianity should not be given preferential treatment. The retired journalist […]

Schools which promote Christianity hit with a lawsuit

Many children attending state-run schools in South Africa ‘need religion’ to help them cope with life’s difficulties. That’s the view of The Federation of Governing Bodies of SA Schools (Fedsas) which has attacked Hans Pietersen, above, a Stellenbosch man who has launched a lawsuit against six schools which he claims forced Christianity on pupils. According […]