Richard Dawkins, ateo y científico reconocido a nivel mundial, expresó su deseo de crear escuelas de "Libre Pensamiento".

La noticia está en inglés, más abajo voy a traducir las ideas principales para aquellos que no puedan leerla.

Richard Dawkins has said he is interested in setting up an atheist “free school” under the Government’s plan to encourage independent education establishments.

Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins crearía escuela de "Libre Pensamiento&

Published: 7:00AM BST 24 Jun 2010

Richard Dawkins said he would want pupils to be taught to be skeptical and to appreciate the value of evidence rather than receive 'indoctrination' about atheism.

The author of The God Delusion, who has previously described religious education provided by faith schools as a form of child abuse, said he would want pupils to be taught to be skeptical and to appreciate the value of evidence rather than receive “indoctrination” about atheism.

He also said that his “free-thinking school” would provide lessons about the gods of ancient Greece and Norse legend, and would treat the Bible as a work of literature rather than a basis for morality.

The former Oxford University professor and evolutionary biologist, now a bestselling author who has called for the Pope to be arrested for “crimes against humanity” during his visit to Britain, made his comments during a webchat with users of Mumsnet.

Prof Dawkins was asked to set up a “secular school” or an “atheist free school” as an antidote to faith schools by women who believe they are divisive and anti-scientific.

Under plans disclosed by the Coalition last week, parents, charities and voluntary groups will be able to set up “free schools” funded by public money but independent from state control.

He replied: “Thank you for suggesting that I should start an atheist free school. I like the idea very much, although I would prefer to call it a free-thinking free school.

“I would never want to indoctrinate children in atheism, any more than in religion. Instead, children should be taught to ask for evidence, to be sceptical, critical, open-minded.

“If children understand that beliefs should be substantiated with evidence, as opposed to tradition, authority, revelation or faith, they will automatically work out for themselves that they are atheists.

“I would also teach comparative religion, and teach it properly without any bias towards particular religions, and including historically important but dead religions, such as those of ancient Greece and the Norse gods, if only because these, like the Abrahamic scriptures, are important for understanding English literature and European history.”

In reply to another questioner, Prof Dawkins said: “The Bible should be taught, but emphatically not as reality. It is fiction, myth, poetry, anything but reality. As such it needs to be taught because it underlies so much of our literature and our culture.”

He also disclosed that he plans to make a documentary about “the present education system and the role faith plays within it”.

Under current rules, all schools are supposed to provide “collective worship” each day, usually in assemblies, although parents can withdraw children. Schools also have to teach religious education under the National Curriculum, but “free schools” would likely be exempt from this.



Resumen: Richard Dawkins planea crear escuelas de "Libre Pensamiento Ateo" o "Escuelas Seculares" en las cuales la fe no se entrometa con la educacion. En documentales como "La raiz de todos los males" describe a la educacion religiosa como una forma de abuso mental para los menores.
Planea educar a los niños de una forma esceptica y para que aprecien el valor de la evidencia en vez de recibir un adoctrinamiento religioso.
Sin embargo, explica que tambien enseñaria religion tanto ancestral como moderna, pero considerandola ficcion o poesia, y como una influencia indiscutible en nuestra cultura y literatura.

Apreciacion personal: A los interesados en el tema, les recomiendo leer "The God Delusion" o bien mirar los documentales "The root of all evil?" y "Enemies of reason". Si tuviese un hijo haria hasta lo imposible para enviarlo a una escuela fundada por Dawkins