4th July 2008

“Education is supposed to be about asking questions, developing your own critical faculties and learning to think for yourself. That is the very antithesis of the closed, religious attitude.”


3 Responses to “4th July 2008”

  1. Terence Meaden Says:

    It is no use questioning the religious. It results in fluster, filibuster, cover-up, lying, . . . Try asking christians awkward questions about the bible. To most of them, the bible never says what it really says. It says what the believers want it to say.

  2. John Sutton Says:

    This is not quite my impression of religious teaching in one large secondary UK school. Many lessons revolve around social and family problems with students given time to discuss issues. There is an attempt to develop critical faculties.

    Some of it is very useful stuff but always presented in a religious context as if secular rationalists, though tolerated, would not have morals and ethics if it were not for the good advice from the faithful. My complaint is that, in UK school, human behaviour is taught in a religious context. This is wrong and the atheist movement needs to insist that it is given the opportunity to play its part in the moral and ethical education in all schools.

  3. Hypatia Says:

    Close friends who went to Catholic schools have told me that critical thinking and debate is discouraged. Quite reasonable questions about what is being said are met with hostility – and sometimes violence 🙁