Welsh Government to Prohibit "Undesirable" Teaching

Out-of-School Education to be Regulated

 

Welsh Government to Prohibit "Undesirable" Teaching

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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.

For more information:

http://gov.wales/consultations/education/out-of-school-education-setting...

http://www.citizengo.org/en/ed/32140-uk-govt-big-brother-considers-banni...

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Response to Public Consultation on Out of School Education

Dear Welsh Government Minister for Education and Skills, Huw Lewis AM,

As you are aware the Welsh Government has launched a public consultation over plans to regulate out of school activities which appears set to include Sunday schools and church youth groups.

In response to the consultation I wish to make known my profound opposition the Government’s attempts to regulate teaching which might be considered “undesirable”. The Government’s commitment to tackle “extremism” in schools is very worrying given how ill-defined “extreme” is.

There are many families and communities who hold traditional beliefs about marriage and the dignity of all human life whose views might be considered extreme. Indeed, in relation to the former concern, Nicky Morgan herself has said that opposition to same-sex marriage could be regarded as extremism.

This, coupled with the certain expansion of definition of “extremism”, is a great cause for concern. I do not believe it is for the state to determine what traditions are handed down within communities and families and I therefore urge you to reject these proposals.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

Welsh Government to Prohibit "Undesirable" Teaching

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