Discussion on Faith Schooling

Sunday 12 May 2013, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
At: Spoon Bistro, 6a Nicolson Street, EH8 9DH


4th Grade Science QuizBlogs give first-person insights, and we’re using them as the basis for a discussion of fundamentalist and religious education. We can each explore the subject as much or as little as we like, and report back on what we find.

Each link is a good “starter” post and it’s always worth reading the “about” and “faq” pages if there are any. But from then on, it’s up to you.

Read as little or as much as you like – it’s entirely up to you.

Questions to consider include:

  • What are the rights and responsibilities of parents when educating their children?
  • What has been the impact of their education on the authors of these blogs, for good or ill?
  • How much of that is directly attributable to religious teachings, and how much to other factors such as experiences outside the curriculum, protection or isolation, a focus on books rather than the internet, and so on?
  • Can people have a positive experience of faith schooling?
  • Should morality and ethics be taught to children, and if so, how?
  • Should religion be taught to children, and if so, how?

So, here are the blogs to pick and choose among.

Leaving Fundamentalism

Jonny Scaramanga’s blog is about fundamentalist schooling in the UK. Jonny is critical of his education but he’s respectful of other people’s experiences.

Here is his descripton of Accelerated Christian Education: http://leavingfundamentalism.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/what-is-accelerated-christian-education/

Here is a collection of stories by other people posted on his blog:
http://leavingfundamentalism.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/a-collection-of-ace-school-of-tomorrow-survivor-stories/

And here is his list of guest posts by other bloggers which is a good starting point for further reading:
http://leavingfundamentalism.wordpress.com/tag/guest-post/

Love, Joy, Feminism

Libby Anne was raised in an evangelical family in the US and homeschooled. She says “college turned my world upside down” and today she’s an atheist, a feminist and a progressive. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/homeschooling

Here is a guest post on “Love, Joy, Feminism” about what is and is not legal in the US in terms of homeschooling; the comments are fascinating. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism/2013/02/homeschool-regulations-and-childrens-rights.html

Homeschoolers Anonymous

Homeschoolers Anonymous gives more information on Homeschooling in the US:
http://homeschoolersanonymous.wordpress.com/

No Longer Quivering

Quiverfuls are fundie christians who often practice home schooling. The blog is a portal to many others.
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nolongerquivering/what-is-quiverfull/

Convent Schools

The main I was surprised by how many posts about Convents are from India and other former colonial countries:

Flamingo Dancer was not traumatised by her education in India
http://flamingodancer.net/2010/10/21/flamingo-files-3/

The Empress Apprentice hated her convent school in the Philippines
http://theempressapprentice.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/confessions-of-reluctant-convent-school.html

TM-free

Christians are not the only people to run religious schools. Here  Oprah visits a Transcendental Meditation school
http://tmfree.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/guest-post-alumnis-response-to-oprahs.html

And this is the School she visited: http://www.maharishischooliowa.org/

And here are their schools in the UK: http://www.maharishischool.com/

Faith Schooling

Finally, here is information from the Humanists about faith schooling:
http://humanism.org.uk/campaigns/schools-and-education/faith-schools/

 The plural of ‘anecdote’ is not ‘data’

Stay Skeptical. Someone is unlikely to blog about it if they loved their school and were not traumatised by their childhood, many bloggers feel scarred by the experience but we cannot conclude that most pupils do. We’ve included people who did enjoy their faith-based schooling, to show it’s not a universally difficult experience.

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