An evangelical Christian sect that considers television and computers evil is in talks with the Government about sponsoring a city academy, it became clear last night.
Members of the Exclusive Brethren met Jim Knight, the schools minister, to discuss the possibility of backing one of Tony Blairâ€™s flagship schools.
The sect believes that the world is the domain of the devil and that children should be taught in â€œsafe placesâ€.
The article goes on to say that other schools run by the Brethren’s education trust have been ‘highly praised’ by education inspectors, despite their refusal to use computers and the severe limits they place on the teaching of biology. Hmm… One of these schools is based in Swansea, and my recollection is that it got hauled over the coals at its last inspection. Weaknesses in the curriculum it offered were so severe that the school was threatened with closure, despite some undoubtedly good features.
I’m all for teaching our children in ’safe places’. What parent isn’t! But it is surely a mistake to try to keep our children in some kind of Christian ghetto.