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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:27 am 
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Has anyone know of political lobbying groups being invited into primary schools? The sort of organisations I am thinking of are The Vegetarian Society, Amnesty International, the NSPCC, Stonewall, etc.

I was talking to a friend about this and she says that her child's school had invited the Vegetarian Society in to talk to some of the children. I was quite surprised by that, because I would have thought that all such groups are really propaganda vehicles and unlikely to present information in any balanced way.

Is primary age too young for such groups to be allowed into schools?


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:39 am 
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There would need to be a balance.

Some organisations produce educational packs aimed at primary, but you need to go through them thoroughly as they are often very biased.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 12:28 pm 
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My DCren had Greenpeace in last term. I thought it was brilliant. They came home enthused and asking lots of questions. I think if it's handled sensibly and sensitively it can be very good. We don't want our children growing up in a bubble thinking ours is the only way of looking at the world.
They had the parish priest in a while ago as well which was good - we're Reformed Evangelicals ourselves and I suspect that some of the older crustier church members would like me to tell the kids that all Catholics have horns and tails.

I'd be surprised if a primary school has Stonewall in though.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 2:00 pm 
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push-pull-mum wrote:
They had the parish priest in a while ago as well which was good - we're Reformed Evangelicals ourselves and I suspect that some of the older crustier church members would like me to tell the kids that all Catholics have horns and tails.

:lol:

Our primary is a church school (C of E) but is careful to ensure that all Christian denominations are invited to lead the shared worship, so we often have visits from the RC priest, the Methodist minister and free church representatives as well as the local Anglican vicar. Speakers are also invited from other major religions and the school organizes visits to mosques etc. so that the children learn about other faiths, as is indeed required under the National Curriculum.

We also have representatives of charities who visit from time to time to give a talk about their organization and its aims, followed by a fundraising activity for that charity (e.g. a school in Africa or an animal sanctuary). I'm not sure about political lobbying organizations as such, but as push-pull mum says, provided it's done properly I think it would be very beneficial. Perhaps parents could br advised in advance that such visits are taking place, and invited to attend as well if they have any concerns.

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