My note to a Headmaster or Headmistress.
It would be fair to my children (the twins, aged 9) to have some knowledge of Humanism, which I am sure they will do at …School and quite soon: if not already? Also, I am a member of the BHA purely for promoting Humanism in Education and as a matter of my own personal conscience. Not that I wish for my children to be Humanist’s; only that they obtain from you the ‘broadest education possible’; without: ‘the indoctrination to one particular creed or other’, so that they may like to make their own, personal, special choices, now, or at a future date: with an obvious, self-evident, ‘balance of some discernment’.
Tradition (mostly pretty appalling) and Culture (we do live in a ‘global multiracial community’) is not an excuse for bullying/indoctrination of a particular ‘creed’ or ‘ism’ to any child, at least: not in any public place where you can’t walk away as you are captive and individually ‘noticeable’ by ones ‘peers’ (A deep reason for this: lies in the thinking that is within the 1960’s 1970’s (Army Psychology and Interrogation Procedure – of that time) experiment to do with ‘Sub-Culture’ and ‘Torture Progression’ and that no escape exists for anyone: WE ARE ALL MEMBERS; with, or without; this knowledge). ‘Rights of the Child’ BBC Website and ‘Human Rights’ and ‘Guidance for Schools on Discrimination’. I am sure that … School treats everyone with equal respect, obviously, with some gentle ‘discernment’. There has only been, in the many years of happy and wonderful times at … School that any, and what I personally would consider: the bullying of any ideology/religion. This particular Teacher (a very good Teacher in all other respects) has now left… School, "You can’t be member of my class unless you believe in, so on…" And, "That the Lord’s Prayer; I can’t stop it repeating in my head, as it is said so often". There has also been some pressure to repeat everything out loud (spiritual things – Grace – maybe) against a child’s will or general feelings at a particular time: most children will naturally love to join in, but in ‘no way’ should they ever be forced to for the sake of ‘community’, or any ‘ethos’ (if noisy – they could be quietened, thus, respecting the wishes of others) : this will only have a very bad reaction for them now, or later in life! I know it must be very tempting for teachers to be today, mildly forceful, but those days, now: will have fully passed in this particular regard.
Preparatory Schools and Public Schools in the UK, ‘faith based’ or not; have a particularly brutal and unkind reputation (still going on at some schools – Faith Schools and Smacking Ban ‘loophole’, letting the whole side down in the Private Sector) that they must try and get over in many of the above ‘respects’, and also, some other: past; most unacceptable matters of child welfare, which goes well beyond any brutality found in "Dickensian-ism".
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7383571.stm Emotions in Sex Education
Imprinting (psychological) Westermarck and Freud