In order for the children to attend the church school, the parents must attend the church as well. The secularists are upset at that parents are attending church under false pretenses and that the schools are "indoctrinating" children.
There are clearly a group of people who are returning to churchgoing in order to establish their child in a school," says Malcolm Trobe, head teacher of a state school and the president of the Association of School and College leaders, a group of school principals. "You can understand that parents would want their child to go the best possible school, but one shouldn't be picking up a religious belief in order to ensure one's child gets into a school."
In a country in which barely 1 in 10 regularly attend church, many are alarmed that the church holds such sway over education. And in a country in which segregation has become such a big issue, particularly of Muslim communities, there is concern that faith schools appear to encourage a form of apartheid.
And what is the purpose of a national curriculum and state schools? Hmm.
These schools are supposed to be promoting morality and a Christian ethos, and yet are encouraging parents to be dishonest in order to get their children in," says Terry Sanderson, vice president of the National Secular Society, which campaigns for religion to remain a private matter and not intrude into public policy.
"I really don't think this is what schools are about, recruiting for the church," he says. "Schools are there to educate children." Though faith schools are required to ollow a national curriculum and teach about other religions, Mr. Sanderson says they barely disguise their efforts to indoctrinate. "The whole purpose of the single-faith school is to inculcate doctrine into pupils,"
The Church of England calls the charge of indoctrination ridiculous.
Not so, say Church of England officials. "We are not teaching people to be Christians, we are following the national curriculum within a very strong Christian ethos," Father Craig says.The struggle here is not over where the children attend school, but what they will think and believe when they leave. What will be their worldview? The secularists don't want the children "indoctrinated" with a belief in God. In their mind, schools are there to educate and religion is completely separate and private.
This is one of the greatest lies of the post-modern age - that education is neutral and can be separated from one's beliefs. All education is inherently philosphical and religious. It not only teaches facts, but shapes what a student thinks about those facts. That's why we award PhD's after somone has mastered a given subject. The acronym PhD stands for "doctor of philosphy."
When Satan tempted Adam and Eve in the garden he did so with the "knowledge of good and evil." The conflict introduced in the garden was basically man-centered knowledge against Godly wisdom and obedience.
As the tension between secularists and the Church of England demonstrates, this struggle continues today - not just in England, but here in the United States.
The whole purpose of education is to create a disciple. A disciple is a follower of an ideology or teacher. Jesus commanded us to go out and make disciples for Christ. Education is discipleship. The state knows this as well, that is why they make getting an ungodly education available. They have no desire or interest in creating disciples for Christ. In fact, they hope for the exact opposite and that's why they work so hard to undermine all parents, especially Christian parents. People without a belief in Christ and detached from their family will naturally look to the secular state as their protector and provider.
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