Saturday, 26 April 2014

Hales exclusive brethren/PBCC Focus Learning Trust heavily fortified cult indoctrination units

This photo was taken yesterday of a typical PBCC school- is this level of fortification necessary?


  1. Schools in England are generally more security conscious than they used to be.

    One of the things that's upsetting about the Focus Learning Trust schools is that young people in them are not encouraged to go away to university. I read that Bruce D Hales thinks that young brethren should live with their parents until they marry, but as far as he's concerned that doesn't seem to provide a way for them to enrol at a local university so that they can study to become a doctor or astrophysicist or engineer....

    I've just read 'Trinity College Dublin 1592-1952 - An academic history' by R B McDowell and D A Webb, published 1982 by Cambridge University Press. J N Darby left his paternal London home to go to Dublin (where he had relatives) to study at Trinity while he was still a teenager. It was normal for boys in the early 1800s (no girl university students then, of course) to enrol at Trinity at the age of sixteen. The tutors and College authorities found themselves coping with and caring for young male students who nowadays would still be in secondary school education.

    It's such a shame that Bruce D Hales doesn't value learning beyond the school stage - he says that higher education is narrowing.

  2. You got it wrong, Laurie. This is to keep people IN.

  3. As far as I know, the Focus Learning Trust does not play an active part of the indoctrination of Brethren children. The indoctrination is conducted mainly in the meeting rooms and the homes.

    What the FLT has contributed to indoctrination seems to be more passive: it has carefully avoided teaching the children facts and ideas that would expose the falsehood of the Brethren’s bizarre views. There is documented evidence showing that it has exercised censorship of the sort that preserves the children’s ignorance of certain areas of science, history, archaeology, geology, cosmology, literature, art, religion and human relationships.

    There is also a lot in printed Brethren ministry that denounces large areas of learning and scholarship. This can only be harmful in the long term.

    1. Ian - PBCC members teach the Religious Studies component of the curriculum in Focus Learning Trust schools. They call these lessons 'Bible Studies'.

    2. Yes, Anon, I can see that would be a real cause for concern. Religion is an important subject whether you are personally religious or not and it is part of the prescribed curriculum in most schools, but I doubt that there is anyone left in the Brethren community who is qualified to teach it, or even to teach “Bible Studies.”

      When did you last meet a Brethren member who knew anything much about the Bible, its authors, its history, its transmission, its languages, its peoples or their culture? Even those who have set themselves up as Brethren leaders over the last 50 years or so show a staggering profundity of ignorance about the Bible, and I have no reason to think most other members are any better informed.

      If the people teaching religion or Bible studies don’t encourage critical thinking about it, then they are indoctrinating, not educating the children, and if they do encourage critical thinking about it then they will probably be sent packing. The prevailing Brethren ethos as reflected in printed ministry strongly denounces critical thinking. So I don’t see how these children can ever expect to gain a genuine understanding of the Bible or of religion.

    3. How ironic! Teaching "Bible Studies" would be a clear opportunity for PBCC Ltd members to come into school and, under the legal supervision of the appointed teacher, take, or, at least, help the class. Along the lines of experts, and others, visiting state schools.

      However, as suggested, they are notoriously under qualified for the job!


  4. There is a confusing backdrop to brethren children attending school. On the one hand, it appears that they are encouraged to do well and there was certainly considerable - and justified - pride at the achievements of many at various school public examinations. On the other hand, whilst they are studying so well (and it is no mean feat getting top A level results) they know that the person whom they believe speaks directly from God diminishes learning and mocks those who attain it. They know that they cannot study to the bounds of knowledge: they cannot enter most professions; they cannot even become part of the very workforces which they support through their RRT.

  5. Is there room behind that fence for a sports field or where do the children go for outside activities?

  6. "Is this level of fortification necessary?"

    Yes, to keep out angry ex-teachers who are turning up with their union rep to demand their just deserts.

  7. I had pupils 'apologising' to trustees and parents.....for getting A's and A* when it came to science coursework, and one poor lad who was so dissapointed in his excellent science results, he was embaressed to had acheived an A. He came to me secretly one day and said: Please dont tell anyone, but I actually like science.....