Against faith schools,
against worship in schools, against confessional RE in schools –
sometimes humanist views on education are portrayed in entirely negative
terms. In fact, any humanist taking action on these issues is doing so
for positive reasons, being in favour of integrated schools without
discrimination, inclusive assemblies that bring a school together, and
objective, fair and balanced education about beliefs. But more than
that, humanists have originated powerful educational thinking of their
own down the centuries.
One of the most prominent contributions
has been in moral education. Seeing morality not as a set of rules
derived from a transcendent deity but as an organised attempt to
reinforce human social impulses in the here and now has a clear effect
on how you seek to develop morality in children.
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