Topic / Education

Faith schools: Catholics and secularists criticise new plans

The Government has abandoned plans to lift the 50 per cap on faith admissions in new free schools in a move that has infuriated Catholics. Equally angry are secularists, who, while welcoming the retention of the cap, are appalled that the government plans instead to give faith groups extra support and 90 percent of the […]

No rabbi, you do not promote learning by pandering to idiots

Rabbi Dr Natan Slifkin, above, founder and director of The Biblical Museum of Natural History in Beit Shemesh, tells the story of a ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who entered his museum. I recall seeing one visitor, an adult, standing in front of our lion exhibit, marveling at it. “It’s amazing!” he said to me. “Yes, it […]

Global protests against sex education take place today

Driven by mainly by the Christian conviction that sex-education is bad, and that schoolkids should be kept ignorant, a bunch of ‘concerned’ parents are today staging ‘Sex Ed Sit Out’ protests in multiple US cities as well as Australia and the UK. According to this Life Site report, the protest, originally launched by a few […]

Christian University makes millions selling dodgy courses

A newly-published  investigation into degree courses being sold online by Liberty University, the Trump-supporting evangelical Christian college founded by the now-late Moral Majority leader Jerry Falwell, reveals that its courses ‘falls significantly short of American academic standards’. But, according to this report, there’s not a lot the authorities can do because, unlike other online universities such […]

NSS campaign launched to end state-funded faith schools

Historian and broadcaster Dan Snow, left, and politician and former actor Lord Cashman are among those who are supporting a new national campaign launched this week by the National Secular Society to end state-funded faith schools. The NSS says on its website that the No More Faith Schools campaign will highlight the widespread concerns and […]

School pupils take a stand against chaplain’s homophobia

Rev Mike Goss, above, has expressed ‘disappointment’ that pupils from Carnoustie High School in Angus have launched a petition calling for Angus Council to break ties with him because of his opposition to same-sex relationships and marriage. However, according to this report, equality campaigners have praised the pupils’ action. The Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) […]

Education watchdog Ofsted accused of racism over hijabs

The UK’s National Education Union has accused Amanda Spielman, above, head of Ofsted and the Chief Inspector of schools in England, of ‘naked racism and and Islamophobia’ because of her opposition to young Muslim girls wearing hijabs in primary schools. The union’s Easter conference in Brighton, according to this Guardian report, unanimously backed a motion attacking […]

Catholic school receives lawyer’s letter over gay event

Declan Meehan, above, Deputy director of Cara-Friend, an LGBT-support organisation based in Belfast, has hit out at the parents of a pupil who refused to put up a poster for a gay event held at the weekend in the city. The Northern Ireland parents, according to this report, retained a solicitor to warn the school […]

Sweden pledges to impose a ban on religious schools

Outlining its education policy ahead of this year’s General Election, Sweden’s governing Social Democrats yesterday pledged to ban religious schools in an effort to combat segregation. At a press conference in Stockholm, Sweden’s Minister for Public Administration Ardalan Shekarabi, above, said the Swedish education system needs to be based on the values and principals in […]

Will the Tories please throw the Catholic Church under a bus

Last September the Catholic Herald‘s Andrew Cusack argued that Catholic voters were of immense value to Theresa May’s Government, and insisted that the Tories should honour their election pledge to remove an admissions cap that was preventing the Church from opening new schools. Slamming the Government’s failure to scrap the cap, he wrote that: During […]