Accelerated Christian Education

For its first year, this blog focused on Accelerated Christian Education, a cult-like fundamentalist education system where children work individually, in silence, at isolated desks. The science curriculum emphasises Young Earth Creationism and mocks evolution. The politics curriculum teaches the views of the Christian Right.

You will find all my posts on the subject by visiting the Accelerated Christian Education category.

In 2009, the government agency UK NARIC validated the ICCE, a qualification based on ACE, saying it was on a par with A levels. Having been through the horrendously abusive education that is ACE, I knew something had to be done, and I began campaigning. In 2012, NARIC completed a second study, and again validated the ICCE as comparable with A levels.

Here are some of the main posts to help you get your head around why this is important:

Eventually, the whole thing got so ridiculous that I’ve temporarily retired from blogging about it.

Survivor stories

I have also been collecting survivor stories from former ACE students. I’m still doing this. If you have experience of ACE, please tell me about it, and I will post it on the blog. Here are links to all the ones I’ve posted so far:

In the interests of fairness, I also post the stories of people who are in favour of ACE, although I get much less of these:

Other articles

I’ve also written online about ACE for the Guardian, the Times Education Supplement, and a few other places.

There are also good articles by other authors:

Please get in touch if you would like to write a survivor story for the blog.

  1. I do not understand people that have freedoms feeling that they have the right suppress what others agree with. The idea of freedom is that you choose what you feel is the best for you and your family. Then when family gets of age they can have the same choices, but it’s not right that you take choices away just because you don’ t agree.

  2. My son is in Mechanical Engineering school now and he went to an ACE school. You should be ashamed of yourselves to discourage Christian based education.

  3. I don’t know how it is in the UK, but in the states these “ignorant” folks score higher on standardized testing and win many education awards. This is why no one listens to you. The facts don’t support you. Here in the states the public schools are abysmal at best, anything is an improvement.

    • ACE have not released any data about standardised testing of students since the early 80s, when they were using outdated norms to measure students. If you have more up-to-date information, I’d love to see it. I’d also love to hear more about these educational awards.

      The claim that public schools are abysmal at best is an exaggeration fuelled by propaganda from people like ACE. See: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Manufactured-Crisis-Americas-Schools/dp/0201441969 (That book is from the 1990s, but since most of the negative claims about public schools originated in the 1980s, I think that makes it relevant).

      As for no one listening to me, I don’t know where you got that idea. My articles here and on other websites have had hundreds of thousands of hits.

  4. I got my diploma with the School of Tomorrow / ACE curriculum. I found it to be more efficient and goal oriented compared to the other conventional schools I attended.

    Additionally, not all who use the curriculum to educate students are pedophiles and homophobes. Believe it or not, there also are pedophiles and homophobes in the conventional private/ public schools. I experienced racism and discrimination while at the non-ACE schools. Ugliness is everywhere so stop pointing fingers. As you point at others with your one finger, you also are pointing three fingers point back at yourself.

  5. ACE was used at a Christian school I attended in the 5th grade. The silence and solitude in the way the curriculum is presented has been extremely helpful to me. The self paced learning is inspiring and kept me from feeling overwhelmed or dreading my school year in the 5th grade. It is true that the smaller books lead to a sense of accomplishment upon each completion. I actually am a GED graduate with 27 college credits and I am going to order 11-12 grade math, english, science and French to help me to prepare for higher level classes due to my feeling overwhelmed with my GED only education. I LOVE ACE! :) I also know a guy named Norman who I met randomly at a bar and he is in Law school now. We bonded over our love for ACE! WE thought it was hilarious that we both knew what it was! :))

  6. dude get a life seriously. Every parent knows whats best for his kid. Que hueva me das pendejo

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