07 January 2008

Are UK Catholic Schools too religious?

"It seems to me that faith education works all right as long as people are not that serious about their faith." ~Barry Sheerman, UK lawmaker

Huh? Isn't that about the stupidest quote you've ever heard? Now for the context...

Barry Sheerman, chairman of the UK's parliamentary cross-party committee on children, schools and families is worried that Catholic schools are too influenced by Church doctrine. What he calls "fundementalist" Bishops are encouraging Catholic schools to put crosses in every classroom, drop "safe sex" in health classes in favor of abstinence, and other "narrow minded" views.

If you don't want your kids to be taught Catholic teachings, then why send them to a Catholic school? Why are Catholic Bishops in the UK being brought in front of a parliamentary committee for questioning?

It's a little more complicated than first glance. Religious schools in the UK get government funding. They are like sub-contractors to the state supported with taxpayer's money. So, if the government doesn't like the way a school is being run or what it teaches, then look out!

For the whole story, go HERE...

But I live in the USA, so who cares? Well, keep this in mind when it comes to the issue of charter schools and vouchers. Will the government control what is taught and how in private schools that get government money? And even if you aren't publicly funded, you still must follow government guidelines.

We homeschool all of our kids (five of eight are currently schools age). In Ohio we had so many hoops to jump through. Fortunately here in Colorado we have so much freedom. They can even take the proficiency test at home. Yet, the local school districts either don't know the laws, or they think we don't know them so they still try to get away with stuff.

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