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.

Disestablish religion and remove it from government and schools

I would like to see religion removed from schools. It has nothing to do with the business of educating children and often causes considerable division. If parents want their children to be part of a faith group then there is plenty of time and opportunity for this outside of compulsory educational establishments. Many countries, such as the USA and France, have a secular approach to religion and I believe that we should do the same.

Schoolchildren (and teachers) should not wear religious garments or symbols as such items often cause inter-faith offence or distract from the purpose of learning. A school is a place for education and not religion. By removing religion from schools each child will be equal in the same way that wearing a school uniform equalises schoolchildren.

In France all marriages take place in a state registry office, you have the option of a religious-based service if you wish to do that. In my opinion, committing religion to something below the state is far superior than continuing with religion embedded in the state apparatus.

Why is this idea important?

I would like to see religion removed from schools. It has nothing to do with the business of educating children and often causes considerable division. If parents want their children to be part of a faith group then there is plenty of time and opportunity for this outside of compulsory educational establishments. Many countries, such as the USA and France, have a secular approach to religion and I believe that we should do the same.

Schoolchildren (and teachers) should not wear religious garments or symbols as such items often cause inter-faith offence or distract from the purpose of learning. A school is a place for education and not religion. By removing religion from schools each child will be equal in the same way that wearing a school uniform equalises schoolchildren.

In France all marriages take place in a state registry office, you have the option of a religious-based service if you wish to do that. In my opinion, committing religion to something below the state is far superior than continuing with religion embedded in the state apparatus.

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.