Urgent: request for help from BHA members and supporters
23rd September 2008
Urgent: request for help from BHA members and supporters in legal action against QCA
Many members will know that the BHA is taking legal action against the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) because of the QCA’s decision not to allow Humanism to be studied on the same basis as religions in the Religious Studies GCSE. You can read the BHA News item about this here:
We now need assistance from parents and young people who would be willing to be co-claimants or witnesses in support of the BHA’s application. No court appearances will be necessary as all evidence will be paper based, and lawyers are available to assist with drafting statements.
If you are a parent of an age where your child(ren) would begin studying for GCSEs in 2009/10 or any year after that until 2014/15 and would like your children to study Humanism, then we want to hear from you. We would also like to hear from any young people who would be studying for GCSEs in any year from 2009/10 to 2014/15 and would like to study Humanism. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Golden Compass – The Northern Lights. Books including the ‘Northern Lights’, ‘His Dark Materials’ triology.
Popular children’s author Philip Pullman said, ‘I’m saddened but not surprised to see that Humanism has been excluded from the syllabus of GCSE Religious Studies. Saddened, because it means that children are now less likely to encounter a way of thinking about the great questions of life that doesn’t depend on the supernatural; but not surprised, because the public knee still makes an automatic genuflection towards “faith” however it manifests itself. What next? A Section 28-style law that actually forbids teachers to discuss Humanism? Don’t bet against it.’
I have just put my name down, with my kids: we like and treasure our balanced and sensible ‘freedoms’ in the UK!