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Ban parents from pulling children out of religious education classes, Church of England says

April 27, 2017

Parents should be banned from pulling their children out of religious education classes because they are preventing students from learning about Islam, the Church of England has warned. Derek Holloway, the Church’s lead on religious education (RE) policy, said that those with “fundamentalist” religious beliefs are “exploiting” laws which give them the right to withdraw children from the lessons, in order to stop them from learning about the Muslim faith. He said that parents are using a “dubious interpretation of...

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Philosophy can teach children what Google can’t

April 2, 2017

At the controls of driverless cars, on the end of the telephone when you call your bank or favourite retailer: we all know the robots are coming, and in many cases are already here. Back in 2013, economists at Oxford University’s Martin School estimated that in the next 20 years, more than half of all jobs would be substituted by intelligent technology. Like the prospect of robot-assisted living or hate it, it is foolish to deny that children in school...

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Bertrand Russell: the everyday value of philosophy

March 10, 2017

Many teachers and students of philosophy today feel that the subject is under threat – not only from funding cuts, but from a more pervasive and less quantifiable cultural shift towards measuring value only in instrumental and monetary terms. But when we philosophers try to defend our discipline, the question of why philosophy is important sometimes gets entangled with our own self-importance. More to the point, perhaps, when we seek to protect philosophy we are also protecting our livelihood. There...

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20 Celebrities who studied Philosophy or Religious Studies

December 17, 2015

Win Butler – Musician (Arcade Fire). Studied Religious Studies at McGill University. Bill Clinton – Former US President. Politics, Philosophy and Economics, University of Oxford. Iris Murdoch – Author. Philosophy, University of Oxford. Katy Brand – Writer, comedian. Theology, University of Oxford . Ricky Gervais – Comedian. Philosophy, University College London. Christy Turlington – Model and businesswoman. Comparative Religion and Eastern Philosophy, New York University. Aung San Suu Kyi – Burmese politician and Nobel Laureate. Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Oxford. Yvette Cooper – Shadow Home Secretary. Philosophy, Politics and Economics,...

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