While engaged in the housework today, I heard a rather disturbing piece on Radio 4 about child abuse…except a lot of people wouldn’t call it child abuse. In fact, a few of the people in the programme called it education.
The programme talked about Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) here in Britain. Basically it calls for children to be completely brainwashed into believing in the biggest load of tosh imaginable. This goes from the earth only being 6,000 years old to the fact that dinosaurs co-existed with humans (the existence of the Loch Ness monster, it seems, confirms this).
All that is bad enough and does not, in my opinion, give the poor kids any hope of an education that will actually allow them any kind of way in the world. Apart from being taught twaddle, they do not get anything like a balanced view of things. For a start they are taught that women are subservient to men (justified by saying that god created man then woman so she’s at the bottom of the pile) and LGBT people are not only ‘incurable’ but also inferior…even to women.
The gay thing is completely abhorrent and belongs in a time of unenlightened witch hunting ignorance. Mind you, ignorance seems to be the order of the day when it comes to ACE schools. According to a couple of former pupils, the form of teaching requires children to sit and answer multiple choice questions and not talk to each other. At all.
If they have a question they have to raise a little flag on their desk and wait for an adult (loosely called a ‘teacher’) to come and see them. Sometimes this can take so long that the child forgets the question and is chastised for wasting the ‘teachers’ time.
“Name the main characters in Shakespeare’s play Macbeth – A) Romeo and Juliet, B) Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, C) witches.” ACE teaching
The thing that really gets up my goat (and quite a few things about this evil bollocks get so far up my goat that it’s completely constipated) is how the children are quite clearly being groomed. Grooming is something we are told is bad and awful because it leads to groups such as ISIS and mindless terrorism. I can see little difference in the tactics of fundamental Islamists and fundamental Christians…apart from the terrorism.
But I have to ask: is that really what people want for their kids? Mindless drones who profess to be waiting for the Rapture with hands unstained with sin? Unless they’re gay in which case if they’re not cured then they’re damned for all eternity. (How the hell that is a Christian attitude is well beyond me.)
Apparently Ofsted (the Office for Standards in Education) are quite happy with the majority of the ACE schools in Britain. It is Ofsted who assure us that the curriculum in the schools they inspect is fit for purpose.
If that ‘purpose’ is unrelenting stupidity and child abuse, I guess ACE schools have it just about right.
But here’s some daffodil action…to lighten the mood a bit.