The Liverpool Humanist Group presents:-
Humanist Schools for Liverpool
A talk by Andrew Copson, Director of Education and Public Affairs for the British Humanist Association
Date: September 8, 2009
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: The 07 Café Bar, 103 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 6JZ
Given the preponderance of faith based schools with divisive and discriminatory admissions policies in this area, should we have Humanist Primary Schools across Merseyside? Should we found a Humanist City Academy in Liverpool?
What would be:
* the special ethos
* the curriculum
* the admissions policy
of a Humanist School?
Is there an especially good fit between a Humanist world-view, a humanistic approach to education and the educational and developmental needs of a young person growing to adulthood and citizenship?
Andrew Copson coordinates the BHA’s education work promoting understanding of Humanism as a non-religious worldview both in formal school and college curricula and to the public at large. He also coordinates the BHA’s campaigns for a secular state, for an end to religious privilege and discrimination based on religion or belief and for a rational humanist perspective on public ethical issues. He has written on these issues for The Guardian and New Statesman as well as various journals and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Associate of the Centre for Law and Religion at Cardiff University.
Andrew graduated from Oxford with a first in Ancient and Modern History and was a member of the winning team of the 2005 Young Educational Thinker of the Year Programme. He came to the BHA in 2005 from the Citizenship Foundation.
One is often told that it is a very wrong thing to attack religion, because religion makes men virtuous. So I am told; I have not noticed it.
Bertrand Russell, “Why I Am Not A Christian,” Little Blue Book No. 1372 edited by E Haldeman-Julius.