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Christian schools in Britain are using American textbooks that teach evolution a lie and homosexuality a choice
- Up to 25 UK schools use ‘Accelerated Christian Education’ curriculum
- Schools use books which teach ‘God wants wives to submit to husbands’
- Comes as six Midlands schools put in special measures over extremism fears
Published: 11:14 BST, 19 June 2014 | Updated: 01:18 BST, 20 June 2014
British Christian schools are using hardline American textbooks which claim abortion is wrong, evolution is a lie and homosexuals choose to be gay.
Up to 25 schools across the UK use the Tennessee-based ‘Accelerated Christian Education’ curriculum.Textbooks provided by the organisation state ‘God wants wives to submit to their husbands’ and tells kids they can avoid AIDs by practising the Bible.
The revelations come after six Muslim-dominated state schools in Birmingham were put into special measures ‘to protect children from extremism’ over claims of a plot to radicalise pupils.
Education Secretary Michael Gove and the Home Secretary Theresa May fell out over how to combat extremism among youngsters following claims of a ‘Trojan Horse’ plot to radicalise pupils. Fresh revelations that hardline Christian teachings will increase calls to tighten rules on what can be taught in the classroom
The revelations that hardline Christian ideology is also being taught will increase calls for stricter rules to be introduced to control what is allowed to be taught in schools.
But school leaders and Christian Education Europe – which provides the curriculum to schools in Europe – say the literature is only a ‘tool’ in a wider education.
Headteacher Brenda Lewis, who established the ACE King of Kings School in Ancoats, Greater Manchester, said: ‘The textbooks in isolation only show a very small part of a very large curriculum.
‘It’s a starting point not a finishing point. As Christians we believe the Bible and we believe what the Bible says, and it does say a number of those things.
‘But we are not single issue people and we teach our students to think for themselves.’
Dr Greg Hibbins, general manager of Christian Education Europe, added: ‘Users of our curriculum are independent and have the choice to adapt and manage the content.’
But the revelations will spark fresh concern over conservative religious teachings being pushed in British schools, in the wake of allegations of a Trojan horse ‘plot’ to radicalise school children in Birmingham.
Ofsted inspectors found head teachers had been ‘marginalised or forced out of their jobs’ by hardline school governors and there was evidence of an ‘organised campaign to target certain schools’.
One school had played the Muslim call to prayer over loudspeakers in the playground while another had invited hate preacher Sheikh Shady Al-Suleiman to speak even though he had previously called for ‘victory to the Muslims in Afghanistan’.
Claims also emerged that pupils were told that evolution is ‘not something we believe in’.
The King of Kings School in Manchester used an Accelerated Christian Education curriculum to teach its pupils. The school children work towards a ‘Christian Certificate of Education’ rather than GCSEs or A-Levels
The schools sit an International Christian Certificate of Education instead of GCSEs and A-Levels.
According to the Christian Education Europe website the curriculum aim to reach ‘Europe for Christ. one child at a time’.
It claims: ‘For over 40 years, Accelerated Christian Education has been the trendsetter in Biblical educational reform.
‘Its philosophy is built on basic principles of the Word of God. Students are taught to see life from God’s point of view, to take responsibility for their own learning, and to walk in Godly wisdom and character.
‘The A.C.E. curriculum is a comprehensive Bible-based programme that serves both the Christian school and the homeschool.’
The website claims: ‘The curriculum conveys Biblical values and concepts considered foundational to meaningful interpersonal relationships and productive learning in such a way as to become life-shaping influences.
‘Accelerated Christian Education is a unique program for this time in history, building Godly citizens and Christian leaders of tomorrow.’
Ofsted has recently tightened its rules on inspections for private schools to include their literature and curriculum.
A spokeswoman said: ‘Schools are expected to teach a broad and balanced curriculum.’
A Department for Education spokesman said: ‘All independent schools must ensure pupils are taught respect for others of different cultures and beliefs.’