Religion in Schools – Time for a fundamental change

I can’t be doing with religious teaching in schools of whatever kind.

Surely we are grown up enough in 2016 to leave youngsters to decide for themselves, when they are old enough, if they want to be religious and if so what religion they want to follow.

Schools are for teaching children life and employability skills not for indoctrinating them to believe whatever religious beliefs their parents may hold.

By all means, as part of broadening the minds of young people, teach them what the major religions of the world believe in and why, but also teach them about Humanism and Atheism too. That way they can go out into the world with clear and open minds adopting or not adopting a religion as they see fit.

Prayers at Council meetings!

Government backs council prayers bid

The government has said that proposals to allow councils to hold prayers as part of meetings will “right a wrong decision” by the High Court. Mr Justice Ouseley ruled in 2012 that local authorities lacked the power to implement the centuries-old practice of prayers being said at the start of formal meetings. Conservative MP Jake Berry brought forward a Private Member’s Bill this summer. Communities minister Penny Mordaunt said the government wanted the Bill to move forward, adding the “negligible” costs to local authorities would be paid for by their existing grants. It will now undergo further scrutiny by MPs.

The Manchester Evening News covered this story.

Sorry but what on earth have prayers got to do with council meetings? Discounting the fact that a third of us in the UK do not have a religion councils are secular bodies carrying out civil functions; there is no connection between them and religion.

National Governors’ Association: Abolish Christian assemblies

Laws requiring schools to hold a religious assembly every day should be scrapped because they are “meaningless” in a multicultural society, according to The National Governors’ Association (NGA). The NGA said the 70-year-old legislation – requiring pupils to take part in a “broadly Christian” act of daily collective worship – should be abolished in non–religious schools amid concern that the rules are no longer fit for a 21st-century education system. In a policy statement, the group said schools often failed to meet the requirement because staff were “unable or unwilling” to lead pupils in prayer and schools struggled to accommodate large numbers of children in one hall.

From The Daily Telegraph

Amen to that I say! It is not the job of schools to meddle in religion. As I have said before having or not having a religion is in this day and age one of personal choice. It should not be handed down in a family, preached at school or be any part of Government.

I don’t have a religion but I support the right of others to have one of their choice. But please let’s disestablish the Church of England and put it on the same footing as all other religions – it’s time to move on and this statement from the NGA is a welcome step in the right direction.

Thanks to the LGiU for the lead to this article.