Faith School Menace?

Synopsis: Richard Dawkins looks at Government funded faith schools and the effect they could have on children.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Molly Milton
 
IMDB:
8.0
Year:
2010
48 min
16 Views


Closing these schools, which is I

think the effect of what you say,

is something

that wouldn't be accepted.

But it's their decision to close it.

They have the option.

I'm Secretary of State for Education,

and 4,000 schools are closed -

by their decision, not my decision -

but as a result of what I have said

hypothetically,

waving your big stick

which you've offered me.

I don't think that society

would accept that.

Having been a key player

in this huge gamble

with our country's education system,

you'd hope there'd be more

enthusiasm and conviction

in Charles Clarke's

backing for faith schools.

In fact, we find he used to be

against faith schools

and his main defence of them now

seems to be that voters

wouldn't agree to abolishing them.

And I'm not at all convinced

Charles Clarke is right

about public feeling.

In fact, we commissioned an

ICM opinion poll that showed

a clear majority, 59%,

still believed

that schools should be for everyone,

regardless of religion

and the Government should not be

funding faith schools of any kind.

I believe the Government must act

and take the faith

out of faith schools.

The first and most outwardly

dramatic change being brought about

by these schools has been a bizarre

distortion of parents' behaviour,

particularly in the push

for primary school places.

About 7% of the British

population worship in church.

But around 36% of primary schools

are run by the churches,

and they can select pupils on

the basis of parents' faith.

Parental choice?

OK, let's talk

about parental choice.

Suppose I'm a parent living with

my children exactly here in Oxford,

where we are standing now.

If we want a faith-based

primary school,

we've got all these red dots

to choose from

within easy walking distance.

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Richard Dawkins

Clinton Richard Dawkins (born 26 March 1941) is an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and author. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was the University of Oxford's Professor for Public Understanding of Science from 1995 until 2008. Dawkins first came to prominence with his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, which popularised the gene-centred view of evolution and introduced the term, meme. With his book The Extended Phenotype (1982), he introduced into evolutionary biology the influential concept that the phenotypic effects of a gene are not necessarily limited to an organism's body, but can stretch far into the environment. In 2006, he founded the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. Dawkins is an atheist, and is well known for his criticism of creationism and intelligent design. In The Blind Watchmaker (1986), he argues against the watchmaker analogy, an argument for the existence of a supernatural creator based upon the complexity of living organisms. Instead, he describes evolutionary processes as analogous to a blind watchmaker in that reproduction, mutation, and selection are unguided by any designer. In The God Delusion (2006), Dawkins contends that a supernatural creator almost certainly does not exist and that religious faith is a delusion. Dawkins has been awarded many prestigious academic and writing awards and he makes regular television, radio, and Internet appearances, predominantly discussing his books, his atheism, and his ideas and opinions as a public intellectual. more…

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