The secular society newsletter this week carries a report on a survey on Faith Schools. It shows that
“Only a third of the adult population, irrespective of voting intention, approve of state funding for faith schools. Nearly half actively disapprove, and the rest say they ‘don’t know’.”
Here is the article
This is as we would expect in a society which is emerging into a time where reason and science take precedence over superstition.
Anyone examining in detail the way Steiner schools operate will have realised that belief in the supernatural is at their core. In so many ways, a specific spiritual world is central to what they do with children. Once you know this, they seem no different from the other faith groups applying to open schools.
An article by Zoe Williams in the Guardian on Thursday highlighted the way Faith Schools are being given the go ahead via the Academy and Free School route, despite the fact that only around 8% of the population are religious.
As the author says in the comments, each time a faith school opens, we “… are closing down opportunities to educate … kids in a secular way, just by appropriating the money.”
One of “My Reasons”, above, for objecting to the local Free School bid, is that a Steiner Free School will limit choice.
It is difficult to imagine any other large faith school gathering enough support in a town the size of Stroud.