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December 22 2014

surveyork
01:33

The future of special religious instruction in government primary schools is in doubt, with state funding uncertain and new data revealing that fewer than one in six students are enrolled in the program.

The popularity of the weekly 30-minute classes fell dramatically in the past six months – from 92,808 students to 53,361 – a 42 per cent plunge in enrolments in less than a year.

Religious instruction faces massive enrollments drop, funding uncertainty

July 28 2014

surveyork
20:33
The ability of young children to distinguish fact from fiction varies considerably with exposure to religion, two new studies have found. Children who did not attend parochial (religious) schools or church were significantly better at identifying characters in religious or fantasy stories as pretend than those who did. The studies have been published in Cognitive Science .

July 26 2014

surveyork
20:50
Young children who are exposed to religion have a hard time differentiating between fact and fiction, according to a new study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science.

June 09 2014

surveyork
17:31

The Ofsted reports and Mr Gove highlighted concerns in Birmingham's schools including:

  • Organised campaign to alter "character and ethos" of schools
  • Breakdown of trust between governors and staff, with teachers "bullied" and "intimidated" and fearing loss of their jobs
  • Female staff complained of unfair treatment
  • Family members being appointed to unadvertised senior leadership posts
  • The phrase "white prostitute" used in class assemblies
  • Private investigators hired to check staff email
  • Teacher so afraid, a meeting had to be arranged in supermarket car park

April 26 2014

surveyork
21:49

A Republican candidate for South Carolina lieutenant governor wants to replace public schooling with church-run schools, but he admits it would be a difficult process that could take years.

Ray Moore, a retired Army Reserves chaplain and president of Frontline Ministries, sketched out his plan for dismantling public education in the U.S. on Wednesday’s edition of The Janet Mefferd Show.

He has encouraged Christian families to withdraw their children from public schools and educate them at home or enroll them in religious schools, and he believes the tipping point would occur at about 25 percent to 35 percent of the total K-12 population.

“Then the states would then negotiate, perhaps taking out of their constitution platform, or the provision, that says the state had to provide education, and it would gradually be handed over to churches, families, and private associations,” Moore said. “That’s the way it was for the first 200 years of American history.”

He said non-religious schools, which he has called “the Pharaoh’s schools,” posed an existential threat to Christians.

March 27 2014

surveyork
06:44
This girl is not feminine enough for Timberlake Christian School.

An 8-year-old Virginia girl has been taken out of her school after administrators complained she was acting too much like a boy.

WSET-TV reports that the grandparents of Sunnie Kahle received a letter from officials at Timberlake Christian School notifying them that their granddaughter would be refused enrollment next year if she didn't follow the school's "biblical standards" and change her appearance.

The letter reads in part, "We believe that unless Sunnie as well as her family clearly understand that God has made her female and her dress and behavior need to follow suit with her God-ordained identity, that TCS is not the best place for her future education."

Virginia school reportedly complains 8-year-old girl not feminine enough | Fox News

March 08 2014

surveyork
14:22

An alleged plot to oust some Birmingham head teachers and make their schools adhere to more Islamic principles is being investigated, it has emerged.

A letter detailing the plan, known as "Operation Trojan Horse", claims responsibility for leadership changes at four schools.

These schools are Adderley Primary, Saltley School, Park View School and Regents Park Community Primary School.

September 30 2013

surveyork
08:27
Christian groups filed a pair of lawsuits in Federal District Court challenging the Kansas state Board of Education’s decision to implement a state-wide set of science standards. On June 11, the Kansas state Board of Education adopted a universal set of science standards to be taught in classrooms across the state from kindergarten to grade 12. Faith groups are up in arms that their beliefs are not being given more credence in science classes.

January 15 2013

surveyork
01:35
Indonesia educators outraged at science snub - Asia-pacific - Al Jazeera English

Learning about science in school may soon be a thing of the past for primary students in Indonesia.

The government wants the subject removed so more time can be spent on things like religion and nationalism.

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00:32

January 12 2013

surveyork
11:31
HONG KONG — If an Indonesian government proposal goes through, millions of elementary school students in that country will lose their science classes, with that time spent on increased religious education instead.
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November 18 2012

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November 03 2012

surveyork
08:19
A large number of people, including activists of religious parties, ransacked and set on fire a girls' school in Lahore and clashed with police following reports that a question paper for a test had contained blasphemous references to the Prophet, police said today.
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October 18 2012

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10:13

August 20 2012

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May 30 2012

surveyork
16:22
Following the lead of two other school districts in the state, San Antonio, Texas’ Northside Independent School District is planning a pilot program that tracks students using transmitters inside identification cards. Why? For the money, apparently.
Texas schools use ID tracking programs | TPMMuckraker

May 28 2012

surveyork
05:28
The reason why we should care about her is this: The state of Texas is sentencing a young girl to a night of jail for being too emotionally and physically exhausted to go to school. The institutions that are to provide resources to youth and ensure justice are instead punishing her like a criminal and fining her $100.
surveyork
05:22

Diane Tran, a 17-year-old honor student in Texas, was forced to spend the night in jail last week after missing too many classes, KHOU-11's Sherry Williams reports.

The Willis High School junior, who helps support two siblings, has both a full time and part-time job. She said that she's often too tired to go to school.

May 21 2012

surveyork
07:31
The decision to remove the evolution of the horse and archaeopteryx from Korean science textbooks is proving to make quite a stir on the internet, attracting thousands of comments within hours on web portal site Daum, leading netizens to condemn what they see as the Christianization and falsification of education.

May 11 2012

surveyork
21:20
The Australian National University has released a series of abusive and threatening emails which were sent to its climate change scientists.
FOI emails reveal threats to climate scientists - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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