A child’s mind on offer: please feel free to indoctrinate with your own beliefs”.

  • Read the first proposal and consider your thoughts on its merits.

  • Be completely honest with yourself when doing so.

  • Mentally record your response, then read the second proposal.

Proposal 1: Children’s education, 7 to 14 years old:

Suppose that we, as responsible adults, were to suggest that schools should be populated according to the eye colour of the children. That we should have specific schools for children that have blue eyes, separate ones for children with green eyes, and likewise for dark brown and hazel.

What a ridiculous idea you would say, and I agree. But hypothesise for a moment that for some strange reason, we decided that it might be a good idea and placed the idea into action. What would be the outcome?

In less than a week we would have created segregation between the children based on the colour of their eyes. Each group would see themselves as different to the other group. A short while after this, each child would perceive that they belong to the superior group and that the other three groups were inferior. Each group would adopt this stance and group based hatred would begin to grow and fester.

Now suppose that the blue eyed children are greater in number than the combined total of the other three groups, and we add to the beginning of this social experiment the concept of the teachers in the blue eyed schools informing the children that to be blue eyed is “just and great”; and they should feel privileged to be blessed with blue eyes. The effect of this statement to the blue eyed children on the minority non blue eyed children would be horrific. We would witness the worst kind of child in the blue eyed children we could possibly create.

For the above reasons, such an experiment should be avoided at all costs and should never be suggested or put in place, and of course it never would be would it. It never would because it would be completely stupid and irresponsible of the adults in this country to do such a horrible thing to the developing malleable minds of young children.

Remember your honest response to yourself on the above proposal and read on.

Proposal 2: Children’s education 7 to 14 years old:

Suppose that we, as responsible adults, were to suggest that schools should be populated according to the religious beliefs of the child’s parents. That we should have specific schools for children who have Catholic parents, separate ones for children with Muslim parents, and likewise for Protestant, Jewish, Sikh etc.

What a ridiculous idea you would say, and I agree. But hypothesise for a moment that for some strange reason, we decided that it might be a good idea and placed the idea into action. What would be the outcome? …

...For the above reason, such an experiment should be avoided at all costs and should never be suggested or put in place, and of course it never would be would it. It never would because it would be completely stupid and irresponsible of the adults in this country to do such a horrible thing to the developing malleable minds of young children.

However; we have done such a stupid and horrible thing:

They are called 'faith schools'.