New Christian school whistleblowers speak out about creationism and sexism (UK)

Two former Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) students who have never before spoken publicly have made new allegations about sexist and creationist teaching in the schools.In an article titled "Christian fundamentalist schools teaching girls they must obey men", one of the new whistle-blowers, Cheryl Povey, says: I came across a lot of sexism. I remember as a girl finding it quite shocking. We were taught that if you’re a woman, you should be subservient to men; your husband, your pastor … [Read more...]

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Can you get into university with an ICCE Advanced Certificate?

Are you a student studying the International Certificate of Christian Education? Are you hoping to go to university? If so, I have some bad news for you. It will probably be harder to get into higher education than Christian Education Europe and your school told you. The ICCE claims an extensive list of universities that have accepted the Advanced Certificate for university entrance. After looking through universities' responses to Freedom of Information requests, however, it appears that a … [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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Lies, damned lies, and incompetence

More Accelerated Christian Education schools, more misleading advertising. On the Advertising Standards Agency website today, an 'informally resolved case' is listed, related to Dewsbury Gospel Church trading as Branch Christian School. Branch Christian School uses the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) curriculum. Rather than preparing its students for recognised exams like GCSEs and A Levels, it offers its graduates the International Certificate of Christian Education (ICCE).It will … [Read more...]

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Yes, some ACE schools WERE using misleading advertising

Five weeks ago, this blog asked "Are ACE schools using misleading advertising?" Now, according to the Advertising Standards Agency, the answer—in at least one case—is yes. To explain why this ruling is so important, though, we need to travel back in time to when I was at school. … [Read more...]

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CEE announces plans to stop Leaving Fundamentalism

It's always nice to be talked about. It's particularly lovely when you've been campaigning against an organisation for two years and their public strategy has been to pretend nothing is happening. Well, mostly anyway.But now Christian Education Europe's Arthur Roderick has sent an email to CEE's member schools discussing how they intend to deal with the menace that I present. It's a fun read. Of course, Arthur doesn't name me or link to any of the associated media coverage in his email. I … [Read more...]

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Christian educators suffering from amnesia

There seems to be a bit of a disparity between the facts and what some ACE teachers say. In this, my triumphant return to vlogging, I talk about Brenda Lewis, who seems incapable of getting her facts right when she talks in public.http://youtu.be/HmeH4sr4ddM … [Read more...]

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Are ACE schools using misleading advertising?

The world has learned that ACE schools teach that evolution is a lie, wives must submit to their husbands, being gay is a sin, and abortion is murder. But for some ACE graduates, that might not be the most damaging thing.During the Newsnight investigation into Accelerated Christian Education, Anjana Ahuja noticed that many ACE schools were claiming that you could get into university with their (unaccredited) qualification, the ICCE (International Certificate of Christian Education). So she … [Read more...]

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New ACE school in Dover has televangelist backing

In 2014, a new ACE school will open in Dover. If they can get planning permission. The school's first proposal was to put the school on the seafront. This was dropped when locals pointed out the proposed facility had no parking, no play area, no dining facilities, and was on a main road.Unlike virtually every other ACE school, though, Dover School for All Nations looks like it has some serious investment behind it. The school website says it was established by its "visionary partners", TBN – … [Read more...]

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I quit

Happy birthday Leaving Fundamentalism.It's been a good first year for this blog, capped off by a successful past week. My post Five jobs a Creationist can't do was the 23rd most viewed post on WordPress.com on Monday.This contributed to the blog hitting #6 on WordPress's chart of fastest growing blogs:I will be celebrating my success by retiring from blogging about ACE. Before I shut up on the subject, please read my last post. … [Read more...]

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