It’s all very well mocking these places for bizarre beliefs but the heart of this matter is that these schools are contradicting UK law.
In this country, for example, prejudice against homosexuality is illegal and the premise that girls must submit to men has the potential to lead to appalling abuse of all kinds.
No doubt the Conservative Government considers these schools to be fine, upstanding entrepreneurial endeavours.
Christian fundamentalist schools are teaching children creationism is fact, that gay people are “unnatural” and that girls must submit to men, according to a series of claims.
Former pupils and whistle-blowers have told The Independent that the schools, which originated in the US but are now dotted around the UK and registered as independent or private schools, teach children at isolated desks separated by “dividers” from other students. It is thought more than a thousand children are being taught at dozens of schools, although little is known about them.
“No one outside the schools knows about what happens inside them, that’s why they’ve been able to go on like this for so long,” a former pupil said.
Called Accelerated Christian Education schools (ACE), the schools originate from an education system developed in southern Baptist states in the US which has developed off-shoots around the world including in Britain. Between 20 and 60 pupils aged between four and 18 attend each one.
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