Friday, April 14, 2006

This is a clash of reason and superstition

Preach it!Blair and his cronies are extremely careful to moderate their public religious pronouncements, although his spinmeister Alistair Campbell had to remind an interviewer that "we don't do God" and could barely restrain Blair from ending his Iraq war announcement with "God bless you." But this fanaticism is the only way that the government's craze for segregated religious schools can be explained. As Polly Toynbee comments:

How odd that in this heathen nation of empty pews, where churches' bare, ruined choirs are converted into luxury loft living, a Labour government - yes, a Labour government - is deliberately creating a huge expansion of faith schools. There is all the difference in the world between teaching children about religion and handing them over to be taught by the religious. Just when faith turns hot and dangerous, threatening life and limb again, the government responds by encouraging more of it and more religious segregation. If ever there was a time to set out the unequivocal value of a secular state, it must be now.


Kevin Marks said...

Empirically, religious schools do better in national Curriculum and other exam tests than local authority schools.
They are more popular with parents too, and are oversubscribed.
So why not let them expand and the worse, less popular schools contract?

Ian Brown said...

It's unsurprising they do better on such tests when they so blatantly select nice middle-class children whose parents will go to the effort of getting them into such a school (often lying about their own religious observance in the process).