Is the promotion of mutual respect and tolerance incompatible with the faith ethos of some schools?

DavidWebster:

Clearly not all Faith Schools in the UK have these failings, but this still seems rather serious and disturbing..

Originally posted on IOE London blog:

Jonny Scaramanga

The Government has repeatedly affirmed its support for faith schools and parents’ right to pass on their religious beliefs. At the same time, standards for independent schools, announced last year, require the promotion of “mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”. Has the government considered cases where the promotion of respect and tolerance is incompatible with the school’s faith ethos?

Media reports have emphasised extremism in Muslim schools, but my research indicates that some evangelical Christian schools are also preaching intolerance. I am researching the approximately 50 Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) schools in the UK. Belief in the eternal damnation of unbelievers is part of ACE’s statement of faith.

In cases like this, where religion makes exclusive truth claims, other beliefs are necessarily seen as inferior. Evangelical Christianity views other religions as at best ‘man-made’ – in contrast to evangelicalism’s God-made Truth –…

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One comment

  1. Very sad, disturbing account. It will be interesting to read his finished work, and more importantly, to see if it has any impact on the rapid, worrying changes to education in the UK.

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