Two meaningless creationist ‘science’ lessons

This week, a woman who works in an ACE school in Canada joined the Facebook group Accelerated Christian Education Exposed (which you're welcome to join). To her credit, she was genuinely interested to learn why the group's members dislike ACE. Less to her credit, this was because she could not fathom anyone not loving ACE. The group is public, so I'll use her real name, Cindy.The thread she started ended up with more than 100 posts, with dozens of ex-ACE students explaining why they felt … [Read more...]

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Mock the prophet, get mauled: Morality lessons with ACE

Do you know the story of Elisha and the bears? Don’t feel bad if not: it’s one of those Bible stories most Christians would prefer to gloss over. In The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins uses it as evidence that the Bible is barbaric. Christians who don’t believe the Bible is inerrant are quick to file it under Not Inspired. Even those who do think it’s the Word of God often describe it as ‘difficult’. In case your memory needs refreshing, here it is: 23 From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he wa … [Read more...]

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How bad can Christian education get? This bad.

What's worse than an ACE school?A badly run ACE school.I recently bought a pile of second-hand Accelerated Christian Education English workbooks (PACEs—Packets of Accelerated Christian Education) from eBay. At the time, the fact they were used didn't seem particularly relevant—it was just a chance to buy them cheaper. But it turned out that what the students and teachers have written in them—and what they haven't written in them—is even more illuminating.When a school signs up to teac … [Read more...]

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Accelerated Christian Education’s ugly history of racism

Oh hi everyone. Homeschoolers Anonymous is running a series on Homeschooling and Race. As part of it, I contributed a post about ACE's history of racism. I've talked about ACE and race before (here, here, and here) but this includes all new never-before-blogged racism!Second thing: My old post "Why fundamentalism is not faith" is suddenly getting an enormous amount of traffic, apparently from Facebook, and I don't know why. So hi, all my new readers, and please let me know where you found m … [Read more...]

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Accelerated Christian Education’s survivors speak out

Once more, this week we're diving into Reddit's Ask Me Anything about ACE schools. Unlike most AMAs, where Redditors ask questions of the original poster, this thread was most notable for all the other people with experience of ACE who dived in to tell their stories.Previous sections:Part 1Part 2 Here are more assorted ACE comment from Reddit's AMA on the subject. Their presence here does not mean I agree with everything they say, but it's great to hear from other ACE … [Read more...]

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This is how ACE treats its supporters

What happens if you write a letter of complaint to Accelerated Christian Education? Obviously, if I write a letter, I'm going to get ignored, because I am regarded as nothing but a tool of the devil (and I do not use that term as a figure of speech). But what about Christians—what about ACE's customers? Will they take constructive criticism from supporters?Or are they those stereotypical fundamentalists who are so convinced of their own rightness that they know anyone who disagrees with them … [Read more...]

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Ex-ACE students have their say

I am on holiday. So instead of a post from me, I'll treat you to the thoughts of some of 2014's commenters, both those who agree and who disagree with me.Submitted on 2014/09/18 at 4:57 pmevolutionists believe we evolved from a rock. a tomato a dog and a human are not the same but evolutionists believe they all came from a common ancestor. you want to believe we came from nothing. face it, you believe that you have evidence for evolution but in reality you are closed minded and hate God and t … [Read more...]

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Ex-ACE students have their say

I am on holiday. So instead of a post from me, I'll treat you to the thoughts of some of 2014's commenters, both those who agree and who disagree with me.Submitted on 2014/09/18 at 4:57 pmevolutionists believe we evolved from a rock. a tomato a dog and a human are not the same but evolutionists believe they all came from a common ancestor. you want to believe we came from nothing. face it, you believe that you have evidence for evolution but in reality you are closed minded and hate God and t … [Read more...]

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Christian Education Europe eats itself… bring popcorn!

It's all go in the exciting world of fundamentalist education this week as former Christian Education Europe (CEE) employee Christine Gregg has started blowing the whistle again. You may remember that recently a website called Ace Education sprang up, seemingly with the primary intention of discrediting Leaving Fundamentalism. This was the blog that gave the world 10 Questions for Jonny Scaramanga. The blogger behind it was Christine. Now she has had enough.Christine says that she was pr … [Read more...]

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A very fundamentalist sex scandal

Previously on Leaving Fundamentalism: Pastor Jack Hyles indulges in immoral sexual activity and covers up abuse.Preacher Bill Gothard receives 34 allegations of sexual harassment and four of rape.There are links between Hyles, Gothard, and Accelerated Christian Education founder Donald Howard.All three are represented by the lawyer David Gibbs Jr, who's made a career cleaning up after preachers.It turns out quite a lot of this sort of thing goes on in fundamentalist Baptist c … [Read more...]

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