June 8, 2012

I am desperately curious to get inside the minds of the supporters of Accelerated Christian Education. How do they justify the lies they teach to children? What would they say when confronted? This is an open letter to Arthur Roderick, the founder of Christian Education Europe (CEE), European distributor for Accelerated Christian Education. I await their response. (more…) Read more

June 7, 2012

I did a chat with the Fundamentally Flawed podcast earlier this week about Accelerated Christian Education. We chatted about pseudoscience in the curriculum, and Naric’s inexplicable decision to declare the ICCE qualification equivalent to A levels. Listen to it here.Fundamentally Flawed is a great podcast and I highly recommend you check ’em out. Read more

June 6, 2012

Welcome to the first of a new series. It should more accurately be called What I Used To Believe About… but that wouldn’t be as good for SEO. Fundamentalists can’t be lumped into one big group. Aside from a handful of core tenets (Jesus is the Son of God who rose from the dead, the Bible is inerrant), you can’t say “This is what all fundamentalists believe” with any authority. Of course, as I’ve already argued, the fact that fundamentalists claim to… Read more

June 4, 2012

Last week, I put out an open invitation on Reddit for anyone with experience of Accelerated Christian Education/ School of Tomorrow to write a piece for this blog. Tim Reinert is the first person to accept my offer, so this marks the first guest post on the blog. Please make him feel welcome. “Tim, you know that’s not true, right?” That’s what my 10th grade biology teacher told me gently after a particularly spirited “debate” about the origins of life. I… Read more

June 1, 2012

I had to read this book because of the subtitle: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole. If ever there was an intellectual black hole, it’s my old belief in the Word of Faith. Not all false beliefs are intellectual black holes. To qualify, a belief must be unreasonable. Reason is the mechanism that allows us to see falsehoods for what they are. If a belief stops people from using logical reasoning to examine it, then it… Read more

May 30, 2012

I’ve previously noted that, during the reign of apartheid in South Africa, ACE taught that the policy was justified. If the blacks got control of the economy, said ACE, they might destroy it. I recently bought a copy of an updated PACE to see what they say now the system has fallen in South Africa. (more…) Read more

May 29, 2012

Head on over to the Virtual Schooling blog today; I’ve written a guest post about Accelerated Christian Education, which summarises all the research into it so far and what the academic community has had to say on the subject. http://virtualschooling.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/guest-blogger-examining-accelerated-christian-education/ Read more

May 28, 2012

Top 5 Lies Taught By Accelerated Christian Education has had as many views as all my other posts to date combined. Luckily, there’s plenty more where that came from. I bought several brand new PACEs with my own money this week so I could check what is currently being taught. Most of the evidence here comes from these newly purchased PACEs; this stuff is being taught today. By the way, if you wish to support my project, buying me a PACE… Read more

May 25, 2012

Defenders of Accelerated Christian Education often dismiss criticism as coming from those pesky secular humanists, the source of most of the world’s evil. Yet on Christian Education Europe’s website, they admit they “have been surprised and disappointed by a general lack of interest ­– if not antagonism – found in some churches” toward their mission. If I were them, I’d think about why. Child Abuse I’ll start with a book that makes me want to cry with relief – Ungodly… Read more

May 23, 2012

In 2008, UK Naric, a private company but a government agency (it holds a contract with the Department for Educational Standards), judged that the International Certificate of Christian Education (ICCE) is comparable to Cambridge O- and A-level standard. This was greeted with much crowing from Christian Education Europe. I was gobsmacked. In my day, the ICCE was called the National Christian Schools Certificate (NCSC). I completed enough credits for NCSC Level 1, allegedly equivalent to GCSE standard, in 1999, before… Read more

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