Ignoring such trivia as rampant illiteracy, endemic violence and industrial scale drug abuse, the NUT conference will concentrate on the real threat to British education: faith schools – just like every other year.
There is "enormous concern" among teachers and parents at the influence of some religious "fundamentalists" on education, a union leader says.Yet, strangely, despite this enormous concern, it’s the faith schools that are over-subscribed and Nelson Mandela Comp that’s emptying out faster than the Tony Blair Fan Club. Not that that’s got anything to do with the educrats monomaniac hatred of these institutions, obviously.
National Union of Teachers general secretary Steve Sinnott said there was a view that faith groups could damage social cohesion.Call it a wild shot in the dark, but I’d guess that if these people spent less time dribbling on about social cohesion and more time actually teaching, parents wouldn’t be queuing up for faith schools in the first place. Even the NUTs can’t deny the popularity of these schools, that’s why they have to resort to argument by innuendo:
It focused on the influence of groups with "views on religion "outside the mainstream - sometimes described as fundamentalist"…..Curse those non-mainstream people and their narrow views! We need to leave education in the hands of the perfectly representative people running state schools, y’know, people like this:
Some school sponsors - "because they have millions of pounds they wish to spend on education" - could "present to youngsters in the classroom their prejudice and their narrow views on religion
A judge who said a legal case against a 10-year-old boy over alleged racism was "political correctness gone mad" has been criticised by a teaching union….Except, of course, that the issue wasn’t dealt with in school at all, otherwise it would never have come before the court. But leave that aside, and think about the degree of chutzpah required for people who believe 10 year olds should be charged with thought crimes to call other people ‘fundamentalists’. That’s the bottom line here. Faith schools aren’t so popular just because people want a specifically religious education; they also have one other great advantage: they also keep kids as far away as possible from L3 fanatics like Elderkin.
Judith Elderkin, NUT National Executive member, said the judge should have taken the allegation of racism more seriously.
She added that she thought he was "out of date" with the way issues are dealt with in schools today.