John Ware asks: How do you define extremism? Another a story on religious schools teaching social separation, why did labour in particular and other governments allow religious schools to have such a position within the education sector? A third of schools are of a religious denomination although the majority will be Christian ex grammar schools for who the only religious element is church on a Thursday. The rest however often have different curriculums of which only certain parts are decently examined by OFSTED. Every child in the UK going to school should be taught a secular non-denominational education and not be allowed to discriminate who can join either through religious denomination or a curriculum that is skewed in a particular direction. Choosing pupils through ability through is fine although these tests should be focused on intelligence and capacity to learn more so than on what a child knows (otherwise poorer students will be misrepresented). "Following a lengthy study, the centre right think tank Policy Exchange, today publishes recommendations about how to protect children of all faiths from religious fundamentalism in the classroom. " I think they should remove the word fundamentalism from this. Protecting children from religion and the enforcement of any belief system upon them should be a primary tenant of educating our children. Children are not religious, no one is born of a religion and until they reach maturity they do not have the intelligence, reason, comprehension or lack of parental control to make a true choice for themselves. We live in a secular nation and believing in a religion should be respected and accepted. Freedom of belief is fine but children do not have freedom of belief and this very different from morals and sociality accepted behaviour that parents will give to their children. Don't have much time so can't explain my reasoning on this further but interested in what people here think.