A number of private Christian schools have threatened legal action after being told to stop being so damned homophobic by education watchdog Ofsted.
According to this report, dozens of schools in the UK follow the widely discredited Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) curriculum, a Christian fundamentalist course of learning that sprouted in Texas then infected other countries. ACE currently lists 27 UK schools on its website.
Concerns have been repeatedly flagged about the use of ACE in British schools in the past, with an investigation in 2014 raising concerns about ACE textbooks teaching that homosexuality is a choice, evolution is a lie, abortion is wrong, and AIDS can be avoided by following the Bible.
Ten ACE schools affiliated with the Christian Education Europe network threatened legal action after Ofsted inspection results that saw them criticised for failing to meet rules on teaching ‘British values’ that were introduced by former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, and for failing to “promote respect” for LGBT people.
After visits by Ofsted in October, nine of the ten schools were declared “inadequate” or “requires improvement”, with many of the reports citing evidence that pupils were not taught about other religions, while inspectors to some schools also warned of a failure to “actively promote respect for people within the protected characteristics groups” due to rampant homophobia.
The report for inadequate-rated Luton Pentecostal Church Christian Academy notes:
The school’s policy statement on personal, social and health education states: ‘Whilst we understand that the government has redefined marriage we will actively promote exclusive heterosexual marriage and celibate singles, as God’s gift and design; and as such the best way toward human happiness and fulfilment, but will discourage intolerance.’ This statement describes an approach that is too far removed from the active promotion of respect for gay and lesbian men and women.
The proprietor must provide personal, social, health and economic education which encourages respect for other people, paying particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the 2010 Act.
Enter the demented Andrea Williams of the Christian Legal Centre, which is apparently spearheading the threat of action. She said:
These schools produce children who are kind, tolerant, interesting and go on to do good jobs. Most of all, they are happy. That is what Christian education does for them…. Those not following the political ideology of Ofsted are now liable to be punished.
Ofsted is critical of the Christian belief system within the schools and yet it is this very belief system that is the foundation of schools across this country.
Jay Harman of the British Humanist Association said:
We have been raising concerns about these schools in the media and with government for years, and we’re glad that the authorities are finally beginning to realise how badly the children within them are being failed.
The line Ofsted has taken here is absolutely right, and it is frankly astonishing that any school could accuse inspectors of unfair treatment while providing children with a narrow, doctrinaire, and homophobic curriculum.
It is essential that inspectors do not become discouraged by these disingenuous claims and we will continue to support both Ofsted and the Department for Education as they rightly toughen their stance against this kind of teaching.
Ofsted said the schools:
Have a responsibility to prepare pupils for life in multi-faith Britain and are expected to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, which teaches respect and tolerance towards those from cultures and faiths that may not be represented within the school.
Earlier this year, an undercover reporter for VICE found that an ACE school in the UK offered to help perform an exorcism-style ritual for a gay pupil.
Pupils in ACE schools do not study towards GCSEs or A-Levels, and instead work to attain a International Christian Certificate of Education.
In short, they are programmed to enter the real world as good-for-nothing God-addled imbeciles.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn