The head of the UK’s Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) says that one of the biggest threats to students comes from religious groups that attempt to push their faiths through unregistered schools.
How do they do it? In a letter to Parliament, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman explained that some books called for the death of gay people.
This material has been found in poorly performing registered independent schools and even in a maintained community school, but also in unregistered schools, where our powers to tackle it are far more limited. We have, for instance, found books that say it is acceptable for men to use physical violence against their wives, texts that say it is unacceptable for women to refuse sex to their husbands and literature calling for the death of gay people. These texts have no place in young people’s education.
It’s illegal for schools to operate unregistered in the UK, but it’s not only Christian schools getting busted; two years ago, an unregistered school for Orthodox Jews was also investigated.
While the UK is more progressive than the United States in some ways, it is unfortunately not immune to the same types of “educational” materials that teach children that evolution is a myth, being gay is a choice, and abortion is murder. These are religious opinions disguised as objective realities.
It’s a shame that, with all there is to teach about Christian history, this is the hill these schools are choosing to die on — not unlike their evangelical friends across the pond.