Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Do You Have Faith in Nicky Morgan?

In February, the BBC reported here that former Archbishop of Canterbury the Right Reverend Lord Williams was among 28 religious leaders to sign a letter urging the government to allow students "the option of systematic study of humanism in GCSE".

The High Court later ruled that the education secretary made "an error of law" in leaving "non-religious world views" out of the new religious studies GCSE.
The government said it might apply to the Court of Appeal over the High Court judge's ruling that ministers made an error of law over the new religious studies GCSE, says the BBC.
But the government did not apply to the Court of Appeal.

Instead, according to the BBC Nicky Morgan just ignored the judgement. She said, "The guidance I have issued makes absolutely clear that the recent judicial review will have no impact on what is currently being taught in religious education. "I am clear that both faith and non-faith schools are completely entitled to prioritise the teaching of religion and faith over non-religious world views if they wish."

So, is it right that a Secretary of State for Education can ignore a ruling of the High Court?

Do you have faith in Nicky Morgan?

Should Nicky Morgan be able to impose her views on what our children are taught?
Is it "education" to teach children a partial account of what the population believe? Shouldn't we give them the full background and then let them make their own minds up?

Surely a Secretary of State for Education should know the difference between education and indoctrination.

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