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Atheists Warn Indiana Superintendent against Unconstitutional Christian Promotion

Reading Time: < 1 minute This is from the American Humanist Association: Attorneys at the American Humanist Association (AHA) sent a warning letter to Dr. Jerry Sanders, superintendent of the Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation in response to his promotion of Christian ideology. Sanders sent a letter on school district letterhead describing his religious beliefs, quoting scripture, and requesting that local clergy […]

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Bad News for Secular Education in the UK

Reading Time: 4 minutes I will now post three articles from Humanists UK that show things aren’t progressing in the UK the way secularists might hope. Sometimes it’s one step forward and two steps back. Humanists UK and the National Secular Society are fighting to counteract this – please support them: More religious groups apply to open free schools […]

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Are Faith Schools Better? An Issue of Correlation vs Causation…

Reading Time: 11 minutes I have recently been talking about faith schools here at ATP, as concerns the UK and Ireland. Ireland recently announced that they are getting rid of admissions policies that dictate access to schools based on the religious denomination of the children applying. There is this general opinion in the UK that faith schools are better either in […]

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South Africa Outlaws Promotion of Any One Religion in Schools

Reading Time: 2 minutes This is from Humanists UK. Good to see Jacques Rousseau in on the action (I used to blog with him at the Skeptic Ink Network): A High Court judge in Johannesburg has outlawed state-funded single-faith schools in South Africa, following a human rights case brought by the Organisation for Religious Education and Democracy. The court found that […]

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‘Faith’ schools three times more socially selective than others, new research finds (again)

Reading Time: 3 minutes This unsurprising, yet important find, is reported by the British Humanist Association: English ‘faith’ schools are the most socially selective category of comprehensive school, and more than three times more socially selective than schools with no religious character, a new report from the Sutton Trust has found. The Sutton Trust has also come out against […]

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Free Presbyterian cleric condemns humanist book for primary pupils in Northern Ireland

Reading Time: 2 minutes As a teacher, I find this a very interesting story, especially having worked in the faith schools sector, as I have. The hypocrisy here is unbelievable, especially given the context of religious sectarianism in Northern Ireland. The book, co-authored by famous children’s poet Michael Rosen, has been delivered to many schools in Northern Ireland as […]

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Fundamentalist Christian private schools downgraded by Ofsted for failing to promote British values

Reading Time: 3 minutes This is a timely piece, since I was only talking about these schools recently in sharing a articles concerning the work of fellow Patheos blogger Jonny Scaramanga. This is from the British Humanist Association: A group of fundamentalist Christian private schools in England have been criticised by Ofsted inspectors and downgraded after it was found that […]

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