Newsnight tonight

In one hour and twenty minutes from now, an episode of BBC Newsnight featuring me will go to air. It will talk about ACE schools in the UK, and it also has interviews with Professor Michael Reiss, and Paul Medlock from Maranatha Christian School. The film is by Anjana Ahuja.(Disclaimer: The BBC will not be marketing the episode as 'Newsnight featuring Jonny Scaramanga').Tune in from 10:30 on BBC2, UK viewers. Everyone else, I'll try my best to get them to put it on the Newsnight YouTube channel … [Read more...]

Fundamentalist education & custody battles

One good thing you can say for fundamentalist education (now there's a phrase I don't use often) is that, in general, parents are very supportive of the schools. Statistically, this correlates well with academic success, and might go some way to explaining why some students from fundamentalist schools go on to excel academically, despite their deficient early education. It's also good for kids to be part of a community that's mutually supportive.There you go, my first ever pro-fundamentalist … [Read more...]

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...]

Five jobs a Creationist can’t do

This blog is littered with absurdities from Accelerated Christian Education, some of them involving mythical beasts or the denial of basic physics. But does it matter how old the world is? On a day-to-day basis, it doesn’t make much practical difference how long you think our planet has existed. Why not let Creationists teach whatever they want?If there are grounds for regulating what gets taught in private schools, it must be because of substantive harm to students. I argue that ACE causes t … [Read more...]

The Benefits and the Workings of ACE

This is a guest post. Another advocate of Accelerated Christian Education has come forward to give her reasons for using the curriculum. Monica does a great job explaining herself, so I'll give you no introduction. Please read it and let me (and Monica) know what you think.I am writing this as a person with over 20 years’ experience of working in Christian Schools and home education with ACE as a Supervisor (teacher) for a range of ages from 4-18 years. My degree was in Chemistry and B … [Read more...]

Survivor Story: ACE and Bible Verse Bookmarks

"I was shunned, but survived". I'm thrilled to present today's guest post, from Rebecca Arman of Tasmania. Rebecca mentioned to me in emails how difficult her experience of fundamentalism was to get over, and she was unsure about writing her story, so I hope you'll all leave comments to thank her for her honesty and courage.Of all my stories of my past life challenges,  I find this one a very difficult one to tell. Perhaps I'm embarrassed knowing what I know now, to remember those days. And … [Read more...]

A step-by-step guide to beating children, by ACE

Last week, I finally got my hands on something I've been trying to get for more than ten years. This.Yes, that's a picture of a kid being bent over a chair so he can be beaten. This picture is from page 118 of the School of Tomorrow Procedures Manual (part 1, 1998 revision). That's the guide that all Accelerated Christian Education schools are required to follow in running their schools. I was 13 the first time I saw this picture, and I found it shocking even though, as a good … [Read more...]

Creationists lying repeatedly

[New to this blog? Then you might not know what Accelerated Christian Education is. Here's a whistle-stop tour.]There are claims in the PACEs which even Creationists have known and acknowledged are untrue for decades. Despite this, they continue to be taught as science in ACE schools. But the thing that's shocking is that the books in question have been revised multiple times since their first publication. Despite the fact that these claims have been publicly disproved for years, ACE has … [Read more...]

Former ACE employee turns whistleblower

For a few months now I have been in contact with a former employee of Christian Education Europe, the UK arm of Accelerated Christian Education. Christine Gregg was fired from CEE following a long period of being thoroughly taken advantage of. She is now keen to expose the inner workings of the company, in particular its abuse of staff, in-fighting, and breach of employment law. Bring it on.Christine has finally published a detailed expose of Christian Education Europe, and it's not pretty. … [Read more...]

Teaching Right-Wing Propaganda (Part 2)

Some time ago, I began explaining how ACE promotes right-wing propaganda in its politics syllabus. Now, I think, would be a good time to give some concrete examples.In ACE, students learn "to see the world from God's point of view." And it turns out that God's economic policies are somewhere to the right of Milton Friedman.All healthcare is against God's willEven though Jesus told us to take care of the sick, ACE is adamant that it is absolutely not God's will for government to have any p … [Read more...]


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