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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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