Faith in the System?
The UK government’s Department for Children, Schools and Families has proposed the expansion of the number of faith schools. This has worried the teachers’ unions and should give the rest of us cause for concern.
Faith schools, the government tell us, do not only offer religious parents the assurance that their offspring will be similarly prejudiced to themselves, they also offer exchange visits, studies in comparative religion and outreach programmes.
But instead of studying with other children of different faiths and cultures, instead of experiencing each day the similarities and differences between them, the pupils at these schools will be introduced to other faiths as part of a curriculum.
The cohesion of our future communities can only be undermined if these proposals are adopted.