Christians ‘must stand up for faith’, says chief schools inspector

The Mail is reporting that Sir Michael Wilshaw has said it has never been more important for Christians to stand up for their faith, warning that society is becoming increasingly “secular and materialistic”.

Young people today can easily “lose sight of what really matters”, and schools can help to instil good morals and values such as tolerance and compassion, the Ofsted chief suggested.

In a speech to the Catholic Association of Teachers, Schools and Colleges’ (CATSC) annual conference, Sir Michael said when he was working in schools he saw it as his duty as a teacher and a Christian to help give pupils values that they could live by throughout their lives.

…Sir Michael went on to say: ” It doesn’t need me to tell you that we are living in an increasingly secular and materialistic society where young people can so easily have their heads turned and lose sight of what really matters.”

“At the same time, we are also living through an era marked by seemingly ever greater intolerance of other people’s beliefs, views and ways of living…”

The chief schools inspector said that it is important for Catholic school leaders to inform pupils about other religions, even if their first role is to promote and celebrate their own faith…

“Let me be quite clear about this. It is perfectly legitimate for individuals and faith groups to hold firm to a particular set of values and beliefs, which may run counter to existing social norms.

“What is not legitimate is to use these beliefs to condone or even encourage intolerance and discrimination.”…

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  1. CarlJLander

    SchoolsImprove Wilshaw should resign or he sacked. His job is education standards not brainwashing young minds – religion has no place

  2. “It was also about helping students to understand that by living a good life and living by Gospel values, they would eventually come to God.” said Sir M.
    Presumably these ‘Gospel values’ include ‘Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not’.  No?  I thought not.

  3. Sir M shows ignorance about secular society.  He implies ‘secular’ is a bad thing but it is only in a secular society that all religious beliefs and none are accepted.  A non-secular society is one where one religion dominates.

  4. “The parable of the Prodigal Son was always my touchstone for the way I dealt with difficult situations and intransigent youngsters.
    I remember being annoyed by this parable when I was at school.  Yes, I could see the parent would be happy to see his badly-behaving son return, but what about killing the fatted calf for the dutiful one who’d remained at home and been responsible.  Kids who behave well get rather fed up sometimes when all the attention seems to go to those who kick up.

  5. Fiona31814

    SchoolsImprove Teach morals, tolerance, compassion -YES!
    Since when is ‘promoting religion’ the way to do this? religion creates divide

  6. TW

    “his duty as a teacher and a Christian to help give pupils values”

    Such as pig-headed obstinacy and self-righteous dogmatism?

  7. Nairb1

    ‘We didn’t go into any great detail about other world religions, but I saw it as my obligation to teach pupils … that all people are equal in the eyes of God.’
    But some are more equal than others, Mr. Wilshaw?

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