The Anonymous Widower

The Problems In Schools

There has been several stories recently about the problems in schools in places like Birmingham, Bradford and Luton.

What worries me, is that religion is getting in the way of good education.

I went to a mixed non-religious state school, which took a very practical approach to religion and gave everybody who wanted it, a first class education. Science and history, were taught correctly and not with regard to fictitious religious texts.

So in my view religion should only be a lesson in a school and anybody with strong religious beliefs should not be allowed to influence the policy of the school. Schools are for education and not for indoctrination and repression.

The school should be co-educational, as in my view, this is to the benefit of every pupil. Could it be that the reason for the low divorce rate amongst my fellow pupils at Minchenden, is because of the healthy interaction there was at the school between the sexes.

I wonder what would have happened in Northern Ireland if all schools were not allowed to be affiliated to a particular religion!


June 11, 2014 - Posted by | World | , ,


  1. Neil and I chose to send our daughters to schools which were secular, non-selective and co-ed – although Stockport doesn’t have selective single sex school, our neighbouring borough, Tameside, does and quite a few parents choose to at least have their children sit 11 Plus. There are a lot of faith-based primary school in all the places we have lived, but we chose not to send our daughters, because in our opinion they taught too much church doctrine and Christian theology.

    However, there are interest groups unrelated to faiths who try and take over school governing bodies, and in some ways that is worse, because the parents are not aware of it, and in some cases, the head and non-affected governors are not aware of it either, I will explain off-blog if you are interested

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | June 11, 2014 | Reply

  2. The schools in the news are (officially) non-religious state schools….

    Comment by R | June 11, 2014 | Reply

    • But unofficially?

      Comment by AnonW | June 11, 2014 | Reply

      • My point is that people seem to be ignoring the fact that these were mainstream, non-affiliated schools in order to start railing against the kind of faith schools that have been operating for generations and to call for banning them (the implication seems usually to be CofE). It’s a rather ‘yes, but look over there!’ approach that ignores the issues that have led to the problems in Birmingham. CofE schools are hardly hotbeds of fundamentalism, but illogically people I know seem to see them as the cause of all these societal ills.

        Comment by R | June 12, 2014

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