Reblogged from the Heresy Club:
I grew up as a Christian fundamentalist.
It’s taken me years to be proud of those words, and to realise the power they have. For years, they were my shameful secret, to be hidden away like an abusive stepfather.
I’ve come to realise that, like an abusive stepfather, it is nothing to be ashamed of, and that by shining a light on it, I take the power back from the abusers.
I went to an Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) school – one of fifty in the UK – for three years. For those not familiar with it, ACE is a school curriculum which looks like a collaborative effort between Sarah Palin and the Moral Majority leader Jerry Falwell.
There are still around 50 private ACE schools in the UK today (some of them listed here), teaching the same deceit and misinformation. So you can imagine I was less than pleased to discover that some of them have received government funding.
The government’s nursery voucher scheme enables private childcare providers to receive funding for looking after children below the compulsory school age. Most Accelerated Christian Education schools have pre-school sections. Since twenty-ten, at least five ACE schools have received taxpayers’ money under this scheme, according to their OFSTED reports. They are Excellence Christian School, Tower Hamlets, Redemption Academy, Stevenage, Kings Kids Christian School, New Cross, and The Lambs Christian School, Birmingham.
Read the whole thing at the Heresy Club.