Tagged: Education

McCain’s VP Wants Creationism Taught in School

Sarah PalinRepublican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin wants creationism taught in science classes. In a 2006 gubernatorial debate, the soon-to-be governor of Alaska said of evolution and creation education, “Teach both. You know, don’t be afraid of education. Healthy debate is so important, and it’s so valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both.”

Accord Coalition

AccordAccord is a new coalition calling for inclusive schools and an end to special arrangements for state funded religious schools. Its members include the ATL, the BHA and Ekklesia. Its supporters include Baroness Blackstone, Prof. Bernard Crick, Rabbi David Goldberg and Prof. A C Grayling.

Accord is a wide coalition of organisations which includes religious groups, humanists, trade unions and human rights campaigners. The campaign launched on 1 September 2008 and aims to promote inclusive schools through local and national campaigns.

NSS – The truth behind the upsurge in GCSEs in Religious Studies

The Church is cock-a-hoop over the news that there has been a “4.7% increase in the number of students taking Religious Education GCSEs”. The Church of England’s Head of School Improvement, Nick McKemey, believes the rise is a sign that students “appreciate the important role that religion plays in modern society”.

Teach primary school pupils about sex, say MPs

Primary school children should have compulsory sex education lessons, MPs said today [26/8/08]. A cross-party group of MPs is calling on the government to make advice on sexual health and relationships mandatory in all schools. The group, led by Chris Bryant, a parliamentary aide to Harriet Harman, the Labour deputy leader, says that giving children more information would help reduce teenage pregnancy rates, abortion and sexually transmitted diseases.

University is stemming the ‘brain drain’

SUFFOLK’S new university is successfully stemming the brain drain of talent from the county – with nearly 5,000 students set to study there from September. Many of those signed up on courses for the next academic year are from Suffolk, as well as Norfolk and Essex, and student numbers have grown by an estimated 500 since it opened last year.

LRB · Ross McKibbin on the Great Education Disaster

LRB coverAn article about the British education system, and the “Academies”.

For Blair, the two classes of school that really mattered were the voluntary-aided schools, now usually called ‘faith’ schools, and a new type of school, the city academy.

Of the two, Gordon Brown’s government is clearly putting its money on the academies. The faith schools were a particular enthusiasm of Blair’s but are viewed with suspicion by the Labour Party as a whole.

Report on faith schools ‘fails to address issues of inclusion’ | Ekklesia

The British Humanist Association (BHA) and the religious thinktank Ekklesia are amongst those who have today criticised as ‘misguided’ a report published today by the Centre for Policy Studies, written by Christina Odone, which seeks to portray the UK’s state-funded faith schools as inclusive and ‘under attack’ from hostile secularists.

Message from the BHA – help protest against report on faith schools in the press

Many of you will have seen the coverage in today’s press (30 June) of a new pamphlet on ‘faith schools’, published by the Centre for Policy Studies, written by Christina Odone, which seeks to portray the UK’s state-funded faith schools as inclusive and under attack from hostile secularists.

The BHA’s Andrew Copson responded to the pamphlet today on The Guardian’s ‘Comment is Free’ website. You can read the blog and post a comment at http://tinyurl.com/4nze3u

NSS – Darwin’s birthday challenge to creationism

A546511058_636249_9985Darwin’s 200th birthday has become a rallying point for scientists opposing creationism as the 18 month long celebrations of his birth and the 150th anniversary of his theory started this week.

Four out of ten Britons now believe either in Creation or in its watered-down cousin Intelligent Design, and Creationism is being taught in state-approved schools.