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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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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33 jaw-droppingly bad multiple-choice questions from Accelerated Christian Education

"It's the crapness!" yelled my mother, who almost never says anything more offensive than 'oh blow'."It's not the doctrine or the terrible science or the politics. It's the... CRAPNESS!"In hindsight, leaving three boxes of Packets of Accelerated Christian Education (PACEs) at her house was perhaps not the kindest thing I could have done."It's a bubble!" she continued, warming to her rant. "It's stuck in a 1950s timewarp and it's all so twee. Do you know what I read in a science PACE e … [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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UK NARIC Issues Statement on Accelerated Christian Education

This week's Times Educational Supplement contains a new article on NARIC's approval of the International Certificate of Christian Education.Outrage as qualifications that dispute Darwinism get green lightThey confidently claim that the Loch Ness monster disproves Darwinism and that there is clear proof of creationism. But that has not stopped a set of controversial Christian qualifications - used by dozens of British private schools - being described as comparable to international O and A … [Read more...]

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Accelerated Christian Education vs. GCSEs: A Case Study

If you're new here, a quick catch up on the story so far: A UK government agency has said that qualifications based on a fundamentalist curriculum are comparable to O-level and A-level standard. These qualifications teach racism, lies and more lies as fact. They use meaningless methods of assessment, and teach political propaganda. Many Christians believe the system is wrong on theological grounds.UK Naric has benchmarked the ICCE General Certificate as comparable to O-level standard. Of cour … [Read more...]

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The Strange Case of UK Naric and Accelerated Christian Education

Following Monday’s revelations, this is another very important blog post. Again, please share this where you can; this is important news. There’s a “too long; didn’t read” bullet point list at the end for the terminally lazy or pressed-for-time.As I’ve already written, UK Naric has approved the International Certificate of Christian Education (ICCE), advanced certificate, as equivalent to A-level standard. This is surprising because, until now, every academic review of the curriculum has been … [Read more...]

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