Having spent three miserable years at a Catholic school, I have a distinct aversion to religion and people who try to force it down your throat.
I strongly suspect that the methods used at Alsager High School (Stoke on Trent), to teach their pupils about religion, may well have the same result on their pupils.
An RE lesson was being given for 11/12 year olds where the teacher was explaining Islam. During this lesson the teacher reportedly told the pupils that they would then be kneeling down and praying to Allah.
What about the pupils who don't believe in God?
Why should they be forced to pray to any version of him/her, even if it "rolepaly"?
When two schoolboys refused, they were given detention.
Doubtless this will engender a very healthy feeling of tolerance and understanding towards religion.
I can only assume that the teacher had gone somewhat off his/her head.
Deputy headmaster Keith Plant seems to be as confused as everyone else:
"It's difficult to know at the moment whether this was part of the curriculum or not. I am not an RE teacher, I am an English teacher.
At the moment it is our enterprise week and many of our members of staff are away.
The particular member of staff you need to speak to isn't around. I think that it is a shame that so many parents have got in touch with the Press before coming to me.
I have spoken to the teacher and she has articulately given me her version of events, but that is all I can give you at the moment."
Were God to exist, he/she would not need human superstitions and mumbo jumbo to justify his/her existence or to make him/her feel better about himself/herself.
Well done Alsager High School for succeeding in putting these pupils off religion for life!
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