Welsh Government to Prohibit "Undesirable" Teaching
The Welsh Government has launched a public consultation over plans to regulate out of school education including Sunday schools and church youth groups. The Welsh Government’s proposals are very similar to those previously proposed in Westminster.
As with the plans in Westminster, the Welsh government proposes that any “out-of-school” education settings that provide intensive education (over six to eight hours per week) will be required to register and undergo inspection. Importantly, the state will also be given power to shut these down if such things as “undesirable” teaching are detected.
There are many families and communities which are seeking to teach their children their own traditions and they should be ableto do this free from the prying and censoring eyes of the state.
Prohibited activities subject to state regulation include “undesirable teaching” or “teaching which undermines or is incompatible with our values of mutual respect and tolerance, or which promotes extremist views.”
As before, exactly what constitutes “extremist views” is unclear, and we should be deeply concerned with these proposals, as the standards for what constitutes "extremism" is likely to encompass more and more beliefs as time marches on. Today, support for traditional marriage is considered extreme (by none other than the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan!) as is being pro-life. Tomorrow it could be virtually anything!
We should all be deeply concerned when the state determines the “right” way to think for its citizens.
Sign this petition urging Huw Lewis AM, Welsh Government Minister for Education and Skills, to reject these proposals arguing that we do not need more government intervention in our lives and arguing instead for the freedom of families and communities to raise their children in accordance with their own traditions.
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Response to Public Consultation on Out of School Education