Sylvia Baker’s contribution to the Sheffield Christian Free School public meeting was distressing for anyone hoping to retain our Christian heritage.
Teenagers have increasingly atheistic views and Christian families have only a 55-50 chance of passing on their faith to their children. This is true for other major religions and yet families with atheistic views are almost always successful in passing on to the next generation their faith in the secular ‘Western Religion’ of humanistic materialism.
The Sheffield Christian Free School would be a way of making faith-based education available to many more families. SCFS’s proposal is an optimistic and timely addition to our city’s education provision. It should be supported wholeheartedly as a helpful contribution to the increasingly difficult task of preserving a Christian influence in our society.
Ken Walze, SCFS Steering Group
Teaching young people about other faiths is a must. A totally secular education without religious education would leave pupils with no appreciation of the practices and values that are at the centre of the majority of the (global) population’s worldview.
Moreover I see nothing wrong with teaching in other parts of the curriculum that which comes from a particular perspective (faith-based or otherwise).
Rather than castigate schooling that comes form a particular perspective I think it is crucial to help young people find their way in the world. They should be introduced to a range of different and sometimes conflicting viewpoints. I would lament any system that stops or discourages us from considering particular ideologies. Instead, let’s think about how to instil critical minds in young people so they can discern between different views.
They’re growing up in a world where there are so many opinions on how to tackle the world’s problems. Why shouldn’t they hear what all kinds of people - those with faith, those anti-faith and those apathetic - have to say about these things?