Friday, 25 June 2010

Poll: What do you think of the idea of secular free schools?

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Judging from the reaction to my previous blog post on the news that Richard Dawkins expressed enthusiasm for the idea of setting up atheist (or rather, secular) free schools, it seems that, unsurprisingly, it is an issue many of you feel strongly about. It seems to divide opinion too – just judging by what people have been saying to me on Twitter, there appears to be roughly a 50-50 split between those who think it would be a great idea and those who think it would merely represent an endorsement of the existing system. This view was well expressed by a humanist mother and teacher, who sent me the link to her thoughtful blogpost on the mattter.

So, this seems like the ideal topic for a poll. I've tried to include a range of possible answers that reflects the range of opinions I've heard, but if you feel I haven't managed to capture what you think, don't hesitate to let me know by commenting on this post.

[Image credit: Martin Rowson, illustrating one of Laurie Taylor's to give up the cigarettes back in 2003. It seemed appropriate for this post]