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    Critics attack plan for Christian academies By Jonathan Guthrie Published: July 2 2005 Bob Edmiston, a multi-millionaire car dealer, plans to set up two
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 2, 2005
      Critics attack plan for Christian academies
      By Jonathan Guthrie

      Published: July 2 2005

      Bob Edmiston, a multi-millionaire car dealer, plans to set up two
      "Christian ethos" academies in the West Midlands, largely funded by the
      state, where creationism would be taught alongside evolution in science
      lessons.

      One is being built and Mr Edmiston applied this week to build a second.

      Such initiatives are unpopular with proponents of secular education, who
      say the city academies initiative, under which wealthy donors can have a
      say in a curriculum, is being exploited for doctrinaire purposes.

      In October, protesters derailed plans for a £22m academy in Doncaster
      backed
      by Sir Peter Vardy, the multimillionaire car dealer and evangelical
      Christian, where creationism would have been taught.

      The Association of Teachers and Lecturers, a teaching union, said: "By
      becoming an academy sponsor you have an opportunity to promulgate a
      narrow, fundamentalist and . . . repressive religious standpoint."

      Mr Edmiston, who donated £10m of his profits of £18m to charity last
      year, is abroad but Steve Chase, project manager for the academies,
      defended the initiative. "He wants Christian values [in these schools]
      because that is
      his personal experience and faith. Those principles are the basis of a
      good
      society."

      Mr Chase said the emphasis would be on entrepreneurship and business.
      But
      he said: "Creationism would be mentioned in science along with other
      versions of the creation of the world, including evolution."

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      http://news.ft.com/cms/s/75c14398-ea95-11d9-aa7a-00000e2511c 8.html

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