Religion continues to cause disruption in ‘Trojan Horse’ schools

Oct 20, 2014

By National Secular Society

A school placed in special measures following the Birmingham ‘Trojan Horse’ affair has received 100 letters from parents requesting that their children be withdrawn from collective worship, it has emerged.

The revelation came in a report from Ofsted following a special measures monitoring inspection of Oldknow Academy – one of the schools involved in the ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal.

Nothing in the report suggests why the requests have been made, and the school itself has not revealed why. However, according to the report “plans have been started to ensure that assemblies and personal, social and health education (PSHE) create opportunities to foster an appreciation of, and respect for, different faiths and cultures”. It is believed that some parents are opposed to these new measures.

Two weeks ago, police had to be called to another school, after a head teacher was confronted by a group of parents who objected to elements of the PSHE syllabus.


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12 comments on “Religion continues to cause disruption in ‘Trojan Horse’ schools

  • A school placed in special measures following the Birmingham ‘Trojan Horse’ affair has received 100 letters from parents requesting that their children be withdrawn from collective worship, it has emerged.

    It is unclear if the letters are objecting to Islamic preaching, Xtian input, the teaching of National RE syllabus which requires teaching ABOUT numerous religions, or objections to the failure to follow the National Curriculum recommendations.



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  • It’s about time that the National Curriculum was adjusted to ensure that English and Mathematics and critical thinking are taught more or less exclusively until kids are articulate, thinking mathematicians – then concentrate on the sciences (archaeology = history, geology = geography etc) – relegate religion into just another aspect of cultural studies and lump with all the other humanities…..
    Who’s with me?



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  • M27Holts Oct 21, 2014 at 7:25 am

    It’s about time that the National Curriculum was adjusted to ensure that English and Mathematics and critical thinking are taught more or less exclusively until kids are articulate, thinking mathematicians – then concentrate on the sciences

    Maths English and science are core subjects in the statutory national curriculum from an early age, and have been for years.

    The scientific methodology of conducting “fair tests” starts them young, but more formal logic cannot be taught until suitable levels of maturity are achieved.

    http://www.nfer.ac.uk/schools/national-curriculum-guides/

    The system is at present undergoing another politically motivated upheaval.



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  • “…it was claimed that some staff ‘segregated themselves into groups based on their religious beliefs’…”

    What a dreadful example to set children! And they’re claiming to teach youngsters to understand and appreciate other blind faiths. Unconscionable!

    Anyway, no need to accuse Atheists of oppressing them; they’re beating themselves up.

    No change there then.



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    inquisador says:

    However, according to the report “plans have been started to ensure that assemblies and personal, social and health education (PSHE) create opportunities to foster an appreciation of, and respect for, different faiths and cultures”

    Appreciation and respect needs to be based on a sound knowledge of the subject. If that knowledge were thorough, then respect for at least one major faith ought to be nil.

    Instead, the young students are taught the bowdlerized, official, whitewashed version, designed to lull us into a false sense of security.

    I, too would be protesting in that case.



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  • Indeed, the closet catholic convert who kept his religious views out of sight lest he be thought a nutter. He was right but too late, he’d already been noticed for other doings.



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