Tuesday, January 15, 2008

'Building Schools for the Future': another attack on morality

Briefing. The vast sums being spent on schools is a golden opportunity for central and local Government to remodel the education system to its liking: closing Catholic schools, demanding that even greater efforts be made to enforce its mad theory of education, and requiring sexual health (ie contraception and abortion) clinics in schools.

From the Catholic Herald: A £45 billion scheme to rebuild and refurbish every secondary school in England is being used by local governments to close down Catholic schools.
Headteachers claim that the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) scheme has been hijacked by officials who are hostile to Catholic education. Each local authority submits plans to the Government to re-shape education in the area before being awarded millions of pounds to spend on school buildings. These plans are expected to be “transformational” and in some cases they involve the closure of popular and highly successful Catholic schools. (Full article here, until Friday.)

From Campaign for Real Education: To get its funding, the local authority will 'Establish an Academy' and 'Promote Federations, Trusts or Trust-like arrangements'. It will deliver 'personalised learning' and ensure 'effective integration of education and other services' (ie clinics offering free condoms in schools). Plus 'a movement towards project-based, rather than discipline-based [ie subject-based] learning'. (Full report here.)

Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen