Funding Private Religious Schools
Yet another press release from Scoop that has gotten my attention.
This one is about a new Christian school that is planned for KeriKeri.
They are hoping to have the campus open in 2010 (that’s only 4 months away), however;
“The Trust has already raised the finances to purchase the land. If the Crown does not fund the construction of the campus the Trust will raise the additional two million dollars needed by other means.
“In these uncertain financial times the best investment to make is into the Kingdom of God and what better investment than into the Christian education of young Kiwis,” Mr Shaw said.
“We are confident that this vision is of God and one way or another, He will provide.”
If God will provide why do you need the support of the government?
Why should tax payer dollars be spent on a private institution? Now I am not very familiar with the NZ education funding machine, but it seems to me that if you want to set up a private school to spread your own interpretation of the truth then you should fork out your own cash to do so.
Do these religious schools have to teach the same curriculum as secular schools? Or are they allowed to teach creationism, and young earth science? Will we have a generation of Northlanders who believe that humans and dinosaurs played nicely together ~2500BC?
As is usual in these arguments, the tired excuse of ‘parental choice’ is brought up several times. If parents want to brainwash their children in the religion that their parents brainwashed them, then let them do it without my support – financial or otherwise.
I’m not sure if this is a press release or an interview as it appears to give two contrasting view points. Though only the view of Mike Shaw the chairman of The Celebration Trust is referenced.
There is another secular primary school due be opened in Kerikeri by 2012 which will have 5 times the capacity of this Christian school, and there are currently 2 secular schools in the area that are operating below capacity. So as far as I can see from an educational viewpoint there is no need to build this school.
Apparently 51% of the families in the area have “Christian religious affiliations”, but all that means to me is that 49% do not. I have “Christian religious affiliations”, as quite a few of my family members are catholic, however, I do not want my tax dollars paying to support their beliefs.
If you have any info on the funding system for private schools please let me know.