Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Back to school

I’m taking a school assembly tomorrow at the school I used to teach at. I’ve taken dozens before.

But I’m strangely nervous. It’s been a while since I’ve been there. It was a place I was totally part of and now – I’m a… visitor. A visiting speaker. How strange.

I’ve decided to read a few extracts from this blog, which is either hopelessly self-indulgent or (I hope) interesting, given that people from the old job often ask me about the new one.
Hope you're listening at the back!
And it gives me a chance to share some of the thoughts I’ve had about God. Which is really rather the point of an assembly, isn’t it?

I hope it goes well. 200 teenagers? Easy peasy.


Anonymous said...

Oooh, hope you have fun! Hope you get a good message across too.
Shame I'm not a year 10. Hope Bobby has fun! and Caz...and Slev...and Aaron...and Indy...yeh...I still know some folks...

Anonymous said...

Personally I find proselytizing of any religion in schools or to under 18's totally abhorant.

Viva La France! about time the uk banned these leaches out of our classrom. Preaching there fairytales as fact is not on.

Anonymous said...

and you are...

... totally wrong it says in the bible that someone can be a leader at a young age and by jewish standards you are a adult at 13 so yeah live with it.

Another point of view... said...

Well, anonymous, a few things probably need to be said.

Firstly, something has to be said in schools. Whether one view of existence (such as Christianity) is a "fairytale" and other views (such as Evolutionary Darwinism for example) are concrete fact is debatable. And there lies the point - it should be debated. That's what schools should do: present a variety of worldviews and enable pupils to think them through and make up their own mind. To ban religion in schools is simply to make just the kind of arbitrary judgement that I think you were protesting about in your comment.

Secondly, the school in question is a Church of England school, which means it has a faith-based ethos which every parent and every pupil knows about when they apply to come to the school. Now I don't think this means religion should be forced upon any pupil for that reason (for the reasons I outlined above) but clearly there is room for it to be expressed and explained so that pupils can, in time, come to their own - informed - choices.

Long live Great Britain! Where freedom of choice is upheld and not over-ruled by that dogmatic religion known as aggressive secularism.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, but no-one should be forced to pray.

another point of view said...

True, though I doubt you could ever really force someone to pray, since true prayer is something you do from your heart.

But I don't see that means you can't have a corporate act of prayer in which each individual joins in more or less, in heart-terms - according to their own postion on faith.

TJ said...

Ah,the 'ole 'religion' in schools thing.

Well anonymous 'RE' in the state school is a lesson that parents can withdraw their children from if they feel that strongly about it..but to withdraw your child does set them up to be bullied about it

In the schools here there is very much a multi-faith approach and nobody is ever pressured to pray if they don't want to and the kids don't seem to have a problem with any of the 'RE' lessons...in fact they like them as they consider them a skive.

Had my children gone to a faith school of my choice then I'd expect them to be taught of that faith wouldn't you???? I mean nobody is ever forced into a 'faith' school

; ) The TJ

lOlLy_PoPs said...

true TJ, and anon. who says other points of veiw aren't the fairytales?
In this life we can prove little of what is beyong the physical. The supernatural is a realm we cannot, in these time and earth bound bodies, yet explore.
If you want to put your point of veiw out there then it's up to you, but let other people do the same. It's basic and common courtesy.