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Indoctrination masquerading as education

Yesterday morning we took Elisha to John Logie Baird primary school in order to enroll her for the term starting in August 2010. I had wanted to go along to speak to the head teacher after he’d said in the introduction meeting the week before that we could then ask questions specific to our child.

On that day I’d seen displays hung on the walls of the assembly hall, created by classes from each year. What got my attention was not the colourful work done by year 2 – a mural showing Dumbo the Elephant flying over some clowns, but the work done by year 1 showing the Christian story of creation.

Religious theology seemed a bit deep for year one, when year two was getting taught about flying elephants and clowns, so I made up my mind that I was going to question the head teacher regarding the level of religious agenda pushed upon the children at our follow-up meeting.

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BBC NEWS | UK | Camp offers ‘godless alternative’

“Some of the 24 children arriving at Camp Quest in Bruton seemed a little young to be tackling the weighty concepts ahead of them.”

BBC NEWS | UK | Camp offers ‘godless alternative’.

Yet more shabby journalism by the BBC. It’s not like summer camps run by religious groups are bereft of “weighty concepts” – far from it – so why try to taint an otherwise informative article with blatant bias?

Myself, I’m completely convinced that a camp for kids that teaches them to enjoy life, and that morals and ethics can come without the burden of religion, is a much better place to send them than the alternative.

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