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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