remove compulsory religious assembly at school

one of the worst experiences of my childhood was having to attend compulsory religious assembly. I was born a jew and had been taught a great deal of the history of Christian persecution of the jews-I had even long lost cousins who died in the holocaust. To have to sit through those services was extremely upsetting. My parents eventually asked the headmaster to allow me to miss them, but even then, I was made to feel like a pariah, sitting for 20 minutes on my own in a classroom. 

 

Religion has no place in a school-this is a matter for the home and religious churches, synagogues etc and is a violation of many children's human rights forcing them into situations which can cause discrimination and hurt.

Why is this idea important?

one of the worst experiences of my childhood was having to attend compulsory religious assembly. I was born a jew and had been taught a great deal of the history of Christian persecution of the jews-I had even long lost cousins who died in the holocaust. To have to sit through those services was extremely upsetting. My parents eventually asked the headmaster to allow me to miss them, but even then, I was made to feel like a pariah, sitting for 20 minutes on my own in a classroom. 

 

Religion has no place in a school-this is a matter for the home and religious churches, synagogues etc and is a violation of many children's human rights forcing them into situations which can cause discrimination and hurt.

Stop public funding for schools that discriminate children based on religion

Nearly all church schools in England openly discriminate (based on religion) in the admissions process. Yet, most are publicly funded. This creates strange and complex problems (postcode lottery?) for people of all religions as well as for those that don't practice religion at all. In the case of my family, we are paying taxes through the roof but don't have access to local schools as most other people do. I had a hard time explaining to my kid that he can't go to the local school where all his mates go despite his top grades.

This is a complete outrage and goes against everything a 21st century european country should be.

 

Schools should be given the choice of either stopping discrimination or losing public funding.

Why is this idea important?

Nearly all church schools in England openly discriminate (based on religion) in the admissions process. Yet, most are publicly funded. This creates strange and complex problems (postcode lottery?) for people of all religions as well as for those that don't practice religion at all. In the case of my family, we are paying taxes through the roof but don't have access to local schools as most other people do. I had a hard time explaining to my kid that he can't go to the local school where all his mates go despite his top grades.

This is a complete outrage and goes against everything a 21st century european country should be.

 

Schools should be given the choice of either stopping discrimination or losing public funding.

Abolish religious assemblies in schools

The law that requires school assemblies to have a religius content should be scrapped as it limits the freedom of young people to develop their minds free from fear and prejudice. When they are old enough to think for themselves they can decide to believe in God but the authority of the school and society should not be used to give credance to religios belief.

Why is this idea important?

The law that requires school assemblies to have a religius content should be scrapped as it limits the freedom of young people to develop their minds free from fear and prejudice. When they are old enough to think for themselves they can decide to believe in God but the authority of the school and society should not be used to give credance to religios belief.