posted on Jun, 14 2007 @ 08:20 PM
I think I know what you are referring to, I recall the program
(Richard Dawkins is always a 'must read/watch' IMO).
It's not a 'type' of school its to do with who the Gov will allow to run a school under the new community/business partnership funding
If a certain % of the building costs were put up (was it 15%?) those putting up that finance could 'run' the school - in this instance as a
religious institute of education.....ie a 'Church school'.
(Sorry it was a while back I saw this & I can't remember if that was just for brand new build or if it also included a refurb/rebuild or even the day
to day running costs too)
I don't know what safeguards have been established but I did hear an explanation of what was then proposed and I have to say that it made my hair
stand on end when it came to the involvement of certain types of 'Evangelical' fundy 'creationist/intelligent design' types running things.
I'm all for schools involving the local community and I can see that some sort of business involvement is probably not such a bad thing in itself but
when those arrangements involve religious zealots (of any brand) I start to get concerned.
Having said that the UK has had C of E, Muslim, Presbyterian and RC 'Church schools' (to name a few) for a very long time without too many problems
I doubt very much that whether any 'Church' school can just ignore the national curriculum and it may well be that those initial proposals which
were the grounds of some reasonable & well founded fears were later addressed as these proposals made their way through the Parliamentary stages.
[edit on 14-6-2007 by sminkeypinkey]