Topic / Education

Christian teacher loses her religious discrimination case

The Christian Legal Centre has suffered yet another loss, this time in regard to the case of Svetlana Powell (inset) a teacher sacked by the T2 Apprenticeship Academy, a government-funded pre-apprenticeship academy in Bristol. On February 2 we reported that Powell, with the help of Christian Legal Centre lawyer Pavel Stroilov, had lodged a “persecution” claim with […]

Academy accused of tolerating atheism but not Christianity

The T2 Apprenticeship Academy in Bristol allowed ‘an outspoken left-wing atheist’ to remain in his teaching post but sacked a teacher for expressing her Christian opinions about homosexuality. According to jlpressagency.com, the Bristol Employment Tribunal – hearing the case of Svetlana Powell – was told by Christian Legal Centre lawyer Pavel Stroilov that that the […]

More Catholic schools needed to project children into heaven

Growing secularism in the US has led to an increasing number of Catholic schools closing, but bishop George V Murry, above, of Youngstown, Ohio, imagines the trend can be reversed if parents were made to believe that a Catholic education would fast-track their kids to heaven. According to this report, he said: Many parents don’t […]

Creationist reappointed to Scottish education committee

Humanists in Scotland are among a number who have expressed concern that an evangelical creationist, Dr Nagy Iskander, above, has been reappointed to sit on the education committee of South Lanarkshire council. Iskander has been described as as one of “Europe’s most active creationists” by Ken Ham, the founder of Answers in Genesis, a US-based […]

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 […]