Friday, February 15, 2013

Cover up you non believer

Sister teaches in a religious secondary school. When she started at the school, she was paranoid about the school finding out she was a dyke, and then when considering having a baby, paranoid about being an unmarried mother. Her fellow teachers know her living situation and know she has a daughter and one can assume school management knows.

In spite of some rising white smoke nonsense that seems to be happening in Rome, where tradition is all,  Sister's school has not asked her to leave because she is a dyke or an unmarried mother. Apparently religious schools can be tolerant of their staffs' lifestyles.

Not so in Adelaide at a Islamic school, where two non Moslem teachers have been told they must wear a head scarf to cover their heads.  They are not happy and are taking action. A school, which receives goodness knows how much money from the taxpayers of the supposedly secular Australia, is not focusing on the quality of the teachers, but about them covering their hair.

Assuming South Australia has the same laws as Victoria, the school can discriminate about who they employ. They are within their rights to not employ gay people, for instance. I don't think they can discriminate on religious grounds and so must give equal chance to Moslem and non Moslem teaching applicants.

For mine, over the next five years I would reduce taxpayer subsidies to religious schools to zero and direct the money to state funded schools. Schools are not the place for religious hocus pocus other than in an historical or social context.

If parents want their children educated in a religious school, then why do we taxpayers have to subsidise the schools when some of us are very against religion, especially Islam, which causes no end of problems in the world, as did and does Christianity, but the latter to a much lesser extent.

I happily pay my taxes, at times directed to things I might not approve of, but I am quite cross about so much money being directed to religious schools when many of our publicly funded schools, schools for all, are in seriously bad situations. And then such schools direct staff to wear headscarves. Schools are not places of worship where due respect should be shown if you enter.




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  1. I guess for governments it is cheaper to fund independent schools rather than build, equip and maintain more state schools,but I think there should be more conditions for funding put on religious schools. I also read about that muslim school threatening to sack teachers if they do not want to wear head scarves. In that case funding shoul immediately be withdrawn.

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    1. Bill, you are quite correct, which I guess is why it is happening. It is probably too late to turn the clock back but what we will end up with is crap government schools for only the very poor and everyone else in private schools that receive lots of public money. If that is to be the way of Australia, then we do need conditions on funding.

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  2. I would certainly allocate a _fixed_ amount of money per primary school student and per secondary school student, and allow the parents to spend that money wherever they chose for their children. The idea of a government giving more money to a child going to a plush, well heeled private school than to a pupil in a state school in a working class, migrant area makes me a bit nauseated.

    But I would not differentiate WITHIN the private system. It doesn't matter if a private school is Catholic, Protestant, Islamic or Montessori! I don't care if scarves are compulsory or knee length bloomers have to be made of black wool. Private schools should not be privileged, financially by the government.

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    1. Hels, I have never liked that idea as it is still subsidising private schools, but it is probably the least worst option now. I fume at schools like MGS getting taxpayer money when it is already such a wonderful school with facilities to dream of. Now Wesley has just bought the old Blind Institute for something like 20 million. They can afford to do that, and still need taxpayers money!!!

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  3. They want to suggest it's about teaching kids modesty by setting an example but all of the scarf wearing didn't start until around a century after the time of Muhammad. In his time only his own wives wore a head covering. Even that appears to have come about because he feared his own followers wouldn't be able to keep their hands off them if they weren't protected by veiling so that was nothing about modesty; it was about protection (and perhaps a little bit of paranoia).

    To impose this form of dress which isn't even Islamic anyway is ridiculous and the ex-employees should be reinstated immediately (although why they would want to work in such a ridiculous environment of paranoia and superstition is beyond me. Maybe they care about their former students enough to want to give them different role models that don't depend for their modesty on silly costumes. If so, good luck to them).

    Meanwhile, this from the Qur'an:

    2:256 There is no compulsion in religion

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    1. Thanks for the information, unknown to me Belle. Moslems want long time Australians, and more recent ones, to accept their lifestyles, yet the are not willing to accept the standards in Australia.

      Just to alleviate with some lightness, nor did they want male school teachers wearing shorts. For mine, I would ban male teachers wearing shorts. I don't recall a male teacher with nice legs.

      Good quote.

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  4. I recall learning with horror that only 3 schools in South OZ (in the 90's) did NOT receive government funding!!!!! I agree with previous comments about reviewing funding arrangements for ALL private schools - whether religious or not. Interestingly, just before he 'retired', John Howard set in place a taxpayer funded school chaplaincy program. Strangely, the ALP didn't just continue the program, but extended it!! WTF!!!

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    1. Red, I suppose the Labor Party knows which way the wind blows, and I am also sure that they know they make traditional Labor voters very annoyed. The should have stopped the chaplaincy programme dead.

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