How Accelerated Christian Education Is Racist

ACE PACEs promote segregation. In the educational cartoons that occur throughout each PACE, students of each race attend different, segregated schools. It’s laid out in Accelerated Christian Education’s Procedures Manual I – Learning Center Essentials, even in the latest (2010) edition, pages 20-23. The PACE characters attend three different church-schools. White kids go to Highland, the blacks to Harmony, and the Asians to Heartsville. Vomit.

(You can also find the same claim made here and here.)

I can go one better. Here are examples of outright racism that appeared in my ACE schoolbooks. If you don’t believe me, I’ll happily upload scans of the relevant pages. You ready? Let’s go.

Although apartheid appears to allow the unfair treatment of blacks, the system has worked well in South Africa… Although white businessmen and developers are guilty of some unfair treatment of blacks, they turned South Africa into a modern industrialized nation, which the poor, uneducated blacks couldn’t have accomplished in several more decades. If more blacks were suddenly given control of the nation, its economy and business, as Mandela wished, they could have destroyed what they have waited and worked so hard for.

Cited in “A Mixed Message in Black Schools”

Here they are in Social Studies PACE 1086 (1990, p. 29), writing before the fall of apartheid, again implying that if blacks got control of the South African economy they would destroy it:

The government must be responsible to the taxpayers who provide the money that the government spends. Since that is true only taxpayers should be given the privilege of voting…

The apartheid policy of South Africa is a modern example of this principle. Under the apartheid system, the population of five million Whites controls most of the nation’s wealth. If apartheid were done away with, the twenty million Blacks, who are not taxpayers, would be given the privilege of voting. Within a short period of time they would control the government and the means of taxation. ‘The power to tax is the power to destroy.’ Heavy taxation could become a burden to the property owners who actually finance the government and provide jobs. Economics is the major reason that apartheid exists. Some people want to abolish apartheid immediately. That action would certainly alter the situation in South Africa, but would not improve it.

So racism can be justified on economic grounds. Incredibly, asked to respond to the first of these quotes, ACE’s Ronald Johnson said he did not consider the passage to be racist. Awesome.

Incidentally, I phoned ACE’s head office. Although the out-of-date quote was still in use last time I was in an ACE school (five years after Mandela’s election), they told me the PACE has now been updated. The very helpful operator told me the PACE had “likely only very small changes,” and if I still had the earlier version I should “go ahead and use it.” If anyone can tell me what the updated version says, I’d love to know (Update: Now we know).

Actually, we have some idea, because here is a quote from another PACE, on apartheid, written after it fell :

For many years, the four racial groups were separated politically and socially by law. This policy of racial separation is called ‘apartheid’. South Africa’s apartheid policy encouraged whites, Blacks, Coloureds, and Asians to develop their own independent ways of life. Separate living area and schools made it possible for each group to maintain and pass on their culture and heritage to their children.

For many years, Blacks were not allowed to vote in national elections and had no voice in the national government. Reporters and broadcasters from all parts of the world stirred up feelings against the white South African government. These factors contributed to unrest within South Africa. In addition, there are at least ten separate, distinct tribal groups in the nation. Because these tribes are not a cohesive group but are often in conflict with each other, much of the violence in South Africa has been between different groups of Blacks. In spite of apartheid and the unrest in recent years, South Africa is the most developed country in Africa, and Blacks in South Africa earn more money and have higher standards of living than Blacks in other African countries.

(Accelerated Christian Education, World Geography 1099, pp. 27-28. 1994, revised 1996)

So apartheid was beneficial after all. And that’s not all. Native Africans have no concept of wisdom, says ACE founder Donald Howard, because they do not know God. Here he is writing in the ACE supervisor [teacher] training PACE A Philosophy for Educational Reform Part 2 (1995, revised 1998, pg. 8)

It’s interesting that in the African primitive languages there is no word for wisdom. We in the West find that surprising, but you see, the idea of wisdom came through the Biblical channels of the Judaeo-Christian religion and filtered into all of western culture and society.

Let’s finish off with a spot of light-hearted Asian stereotyping:

In addition, the history, culture, religions, and appearance of the people all helped make Oriental people and the ‘Far East’ seem inscrutable to the rest of Earth’s inhabitants.

[Accelerated Christian Education World Geography 1106, 1994, p. 7]

I’m off to take a bath.

About jonnyscaramanga

I grew up as a Christian fundamentalist in the UK. Now I am writing a book and blog about what that's like, and what fundamentalists believe.

Posted on May 4, 2012, in Accelerated Christian Education, Education, Faith Schools, Fundamentalism and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 86 Comments.

  1. Wow. Just wow. I confess that I know nothing about Accelerated Christian Education, but this is scary even by the standards of fundie homeschooling.

  2. I wonder where I got the idea that the concept of wisdom came from the ancient Greeks, you know Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and all those other guys who sat around in Athens chewing the fat and coming up with ideas. That was round about 500 years before anything remotely resembling a “Judaeo-Christian” religion came into being. I am rapidly coming to realise, that for the fundamentalist, of any religion, truth is what you want it to be, and facts don’t matter. I fact they only serve to confuse the issue.

    • Thanks for commenting John. The idea that the only wisdom in existence comes from the Bible is central to ACE’s philosophy. I’m still looking for a quotation where they say that in a single sentence, but it’s the foundation of the curriculum.

  3. Disgusting, just absolutely disgusting…..the unabashed racism is shocking. They’re not even trying to cover it up.

  4. Wow, thank you for doing this. ACE is based in Tennessee, yes? I wonder if there are any percentages of the number of home-schoolers using this curriculum? This needs to be brought to the attention of people in the US as well.

    • Thanks for commenting Rick. Yes, it does need to be brought to the attention of the American public. ACE started in Lewisville, Texas, and it still has a base there as well as the one you mention in Tennessee.

      • This may seem counter-intuitive, but have you thought of reaching out to African-American or African-British members of the fundamentalist community? On this racism issue it could be an area where you agree, and may actually get the attention of ACE as it would pose a threat to their customer base.

      • That is a very good idea. Thanks!

  5. Christians tend to be racist because the acceptable behaviour is determined by those in power. For example, in a church were the authority figures are white and of British descent, politeness and British manners will be upheld as “godly.” So that a loud, hand-waiving, extroverted Latina like yours truly will be labelled an ungodly-heathen.

    That said, I was unaware that outright racist propaganda was being passed as Christian education out there. OMG! That sounds like the KKK.

    • Well, the racism is more subtle than I’ve made it appear by putting it all in one place. It’s not an overtly racist curriculum. As I recall, they had good things to say about Martin Luther King and William Wilberforce (because they’re Christians). I’m looking forward to advocates of the scheme getting very defensive about this. And when they do, I’ll post the rest of the racism I’ve found in the curriculum.

  6. Thanks for the Highlights you bring out here and for seeking to correct (I believe you would want the mistakes and wrong teaching altered in order for the good to prosper). As much as I would want to bash ACE for what you have presented, I will not. I am an African, living in Kenya and my children go to an ACE school. I should be offended but I choose to give the ACE headquarters the grace to change what they have written as it gets highlighted. I have personally contacted them on this issues.

    Why would I be so gracious? Less than a kilometre from where I live, there is a historical slave market where my fellow africans albeit older than me were captured, imprisoned, treated as animals and sold off to merchant ships that took them to Europe and the Americas to work as slaves with no rights at all. The people who bought them and sold them as commodities and those who worked them sometimes to death were christians and others were not, they were caucasian and some of those beliefs that made them treat africans as they did still do exist even today. How do I deal with it? I confront the belief when I see it and and seek to challenge those who advocate for such.

    It is not just an ACE problem, read online and see what people comment about President Obama, check out how black footballers in Britain and other European nations are treated even by their own club fans. It is sick and messed up, yes but it is not unique to ACE. Let us face it, challenge it but let us not behave as though it only exists in ACE curriculum.

    • Thanks for your reply. I admire your gracious attitude, and I hope ACE responds positively to what you have told them.

      However, I can’t agree that this is a situation where we should just let ACE off lightly, for these reasons:

      1) You said, “What about the racism directed at Obama, or black footballers in England?” This is valid, but that racism is coming from ignorant individuals, not from educational institutions. It is a school’s job to show children why racism is bad. If a secular university or school taught racism on that level, it could be closed down or lose funding. Students could sue them for miseducation. The individuals teaching the racist content would be fired. There is no justification for a school teaching racism.

      So saying “let’s not pretend it only exists in ACE” is misdirection. It must be confronted everywhere it exists, as you say. But this is the only education system I’m currently aware of that’s teaching racist ideas as though they are fact. It’s not just someone holding these ideas personally – it’s a system that teaches these ideas to impressionable children.

      2) These quotations show ignorance and a racist attitude on the part of the writers. I’m sure if enough of their customers complain, they will remove the quotations, but that does not necessarily mean they have changed their mind. As I pointed out above, ACE’s Ronald Johnson publicly stated he didn’t consider the material on apartheid to be racist.

      3) The quotations given are opinions being presented as fact. Education should never present matters of opinion or personal conscience as fact to students, even if those opinions are not controversial. Students must be taught how to reason and come to their own conclusions.

      Finally, I have a question for you: What are the good things you see in Accelerated Christian Education? What can there possibly be that’s so good that you are prepared to overlook racism?

      • Thank you for your response John, I agree with you on the need to confront and deal with the evils of racism everywhere. I am not letting Accelerated Christian Education off lightly and I have confronted them on this but I have a background that speaks to my judgment, I have read racist remarks from other educational institutions also. Some of them highly regarded in Europe and the US. Just check your history books and see how some of them talk about Rosa Parks or the Mau Mau freedom fighters in Kenya in the 1950s. They have been painted as dangerous killers who were out to course chaos whereas I am free today because of what they did; they are my heroes but devils in the eyes of the British educationist who still allow such books to be used in history lessons.

        Please note, Education is deeply implicated in the politics of culture. Curriculum is never simply a neutral assemblage of knowledge, somehow appearing in the texts and classrooms of a nation. It is always part of a selective tradition, someone’s selection, some group’s vision of legitimate knowledge. It is produced out of the cultural, political, and economic conflicts, tensions, and compromises that organize and disorganize a-people.

      • It’s impossible for me to comment on these other educational institutions without knowing which ones you’re talking about, but my response would be the same: If there is institutional racism, there needs to be a thorough review. Maybe those responsible simply need to have their consciousness raised to their insensitivity, or maybe they are genuinely racist and need to be sacked. Maybe the problems can be fixed, or maybe they can’t and the institution needs to close.

        In the case of ACE, racism is not the most of its problems. These quotes about black people are part of a wider insensitivity. The Department for Education in Alberta found that the curriculum contains insensitivity to blacks, Jews, and Natives in their 1985 review. In a 1993 review, the University of South Australia’s Speck and Prideaux also found the treatment of Aboriginals was unacceptable. I remember from my own time in the system that the discussion of Muslims and Catholics was absolutely horrendous. The writers of ACE appear ignorant about anything that is not their own white, American, protestant background.

        Your last paragraph is very interesting but I do not see its bearing on our discussion. I don’t know anyone who regards the passing on of racism as legitimate knowledge.

        Finally, I am very interested to know what you consider to be the good in ACE, so that you will use it in your schools. As an educator myself, I can’t see any justification for it.

      • Halo John,

        I belive in facts as the truth. So if I may ask:

        Have you ever attented an ACE school as a student?
        Have you ever attended an ACE school in South Africa so that you can speak from first hand experience?
        Have you interviewed ACE students from all over South Africa?
        Has any amount of previous or current ACE students complained that the referred quotes in those PACES made them feel discriminated against, less worth than what God created them to be or that it made them feel less loved by their supervisors and monitors?

      • Hi Yolande,

        Sorry for the slow reply. Most of the answers to your questions can be found on this blog, but I’ll play ball:
        1) Yes.
        2) No, but I’ve met several students from South African ACE schools.
        3) No.
        4) Most of the South African ACE students I met were white and racist themselves, so I’m not very interested in their opinions. Also, if the readers don’t notice any racism, that doesn’t mean racism isn’t there. It may mean that the readers are ignorant, or just unobservant.

  7. Reblogged this on Reynolds Performance and commented:
    Check out this blog by Jonny Scaramanga, who grew up a Christian Fundamentalist, it is an amazing perspective on the ACE educational curriculum, and I thought it would be worth the time to mention for others to check out.

  8. Oh yes, the cutsie little black kids seated in their OWN school or going to prayers at an exclusivelly black only church…. ACE seemed to attempt to underhandedly promote segregation as a workable form of social engineering. The white characters lived in some town called Highland City….but where did the African Americans live? Were they placed in another parallel dimension? I seldom saw either cultures represented in ACE as interacting with each other???!!!…..Sinister……..

  9. I once attended a ACE school in Manila. The PACEs use as mix of the older ones [with the White and Black characters], but there is a local version using Filipinos. I am Catholic and still am but now became more open.

    I never heard of Asian characters in PACEs. Basically, the guys are white, black, and one who is Pacific Islander. One of the white guys, Happy, seems to me a German-American, though.

    Overall, the Fundamental Protestants could be mean, but then, there are people in that crowd who are not that narrow-minded.

  10. Thanks for posting this. I went to a high school that used ACE for all but a handful of classes. I still remember stumbling across that gem in World Geography my junior year. I’ve long wanted to locate the original quote. I was starting to think that it couldn’t possibly be as bad as I remembered it being. This was after all 2002 in Portland, Oregon of all places. Surly, no one would let such blatant racism slide, I thought. Especially since most people I’ve shared the story with have trouble believing it could be real. Alas, my memory turned out to be right. I am grateful to find that someone is exposing this stuff. If it were up to me, I’d burn every last PACE, at least the heat would be moderately useful.

  11. HI
    I feel before you can make any of the comments you have< you need to look at the entire ACE curriculum as a whole. Also come and speak to South African ACE students before making comments on something you have not experienced yourself. As a supervisor in a South African ACE school I have children from all race groups and situations in our Learning Centre. Non of these are discriminate against due to race, social standing or culture! South Africa does not only have different races in it, but also many different cultures from all over the world just to include a few – Portuguese, Greek, German, Romanian, Polish, French, Spanish, Italian and so on! I love and care about every single one of my students – this is not about race or culture, but we are all God's children and we need to realize that and get on as Christian brothers and sisters ought as laid out in God's Word and stop bickering and splitting hairs about issues and get on with one another in grace, mercy and forgiveness. We need to realize too that no system or curriculum in this world will be perfect and we need to make allowances and display grace and mercy toward each other. It is all about God and the fact that Jesus came to save us from our sins and from death. Let us therefore ever fix our eyes upon Jesus the author of our faith!

    • Thanks for the comment.

      I certainly have looked at the ACE curriculum in its entirety, and I agree that racism is far from its biggest problem. That doesn’t change the fact that I, and thousands of others of my generation in ACE, were taught unacceptable things about race. No one ever corrected this information at my school, and no one has ever apologised.

  12. ACE is working illegally on México

  13. Well they aren’t accepted by the Mexican education system called SEP because there is religious stuff in the PACEs. And all the students that are working on ACE in Mexico like me have to take tests in a SEP office for the SEP to accept that they are studying.
    P.S sorry for my limited vocabulary but I don’t know many English words.
    P.S. 2 PLEASE keep me as anonymous source of information !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. So, have the blacks destroyed South Africa in the 18 years that they’ve had power? It certainly seems so! Our economy is down the tubes, our Rand is effectively worthless, no international investment thats worth mentioning, civil unrest, and so on and so on…. The government figures that are in “power” are milking the people for every cent they can in order to live a life of fatcat luxury… Starting to remind you of another country, or countries, in Africa? Many black South Africans will also tell you they lived better lives under the “Apartheid Regime”, certainly not saying that we should go back there, but then again, Einstein’s definition of insanity is; “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

    My children are on the ACE program and frankly, they dont even notice any “segregation” in their learning material. ACE is certainly a whole lot better than the public “government” run schools… I dont trust what the government wants to teach my children, and the quality of education in this country today is shocking to say the least! Reminds me of an ancient joke with a punchline that goes; “give him another chance!”

    Whats your REAL beef with ACE? Your blog smells of an agenda against ACE.

    My 2c, from someone LIVING in South Africa with children on the ACE program.

    • Jacques bru, you sound just as bad as the ACE racist promoters with your talk of “blacks”. Its not about “blacks”. Its about the mentality of the people running the country, not their race. But this is not a forum about South African politics, so leave them out of this
      P.S. I despise the works of the ANC

  15. The only truly “racist” thing i found was a picture of different races and it showed stereo typical features like the asian had buck teeth squinty eyes, black had fat lips, etc

  16. WOW! I’m a South African and I went to an A.C.E. School and finished in 2008. I don’t recall seeing such writings about apartheid. I know our PACEs were revised and for some subjects like History and Math, we had those taylor made for the South African environment. I don’t think the social studies PACEs were changed though and I don’t remember Apartheid talk. Perhaps it was edited out. But racial segregation, that was very evident. The different races never interacted with one another. Its truly sad to see such a promotion of racial segregation. I never knew it was to such an extent even though I went to an ACE school for last 9 years of my schooling life. This makes me ever so greatful for my school. We were told that some of the ACE doctrine was not inline with Biblical principle. I guess it was removed as much as possible for our sake by our school board, that is why I never knew of this. Its disgusting and heart breaking. I’m glad I was never exposed to such rubbish

  17. How does the fact that the Blacks attend Grace Baptist and all the Whites attend Highland Baptist make it racist? What is so racist about a black church? Are you therefor going to call all the black churches racist just because there are no white people in there, or vice- versa? On the contrary, the people from both churches hang out together on a regular basis in the PACEs. How about this? Victor, who comes on the scene in 9th grade English paces, is NOT white. He is a South Pacific islander who moves in with Racer and his parents as a foster child.

  18. Ugh, I live in South Africa, and to be honest those views about Apartheid are still spouted by right wing white South Africans all over the place. They would love ACE. And I see they do have a stronghold here too.

  19. hmmmm i’ve just been hired as an ACE teacher and im shocked 😮

  20. I am a white South African and I attended an ACE school for most of my life. The school was not racist at all. I have never read those quotes which have been posted up on this blog. Perhaps they are very, very old and have been changed. I don’t appreciate someone with hardly any research or experience in the ACE program in South Africa posting up comments like these. Do proper research before you post things like this up.

    • I am a PhD student studying Accelerated Christian Education. I was also educated in the ACE system myself, which is where I found most of these quotes. Do some research before you criticise my blog.

  21. indeed road side ACE phD

  22. Maybe you should get your facts right before you embarass yourself further. I am a teacher in an ACE school in Johannesburg South Africa and our school and classrooms are TOTALLY racially integrated with black, white, Indian and mixed race children. Our staff is also totally racially integrated and we work in an awesome team environment with staff and kids. Not to mention loads of other ACE schools who we partner with in just the Johannesburg / Pretoria area alone, that are completely racially integrated with not even a hint of segregation.

    Please don’t allow your personal anger and inner issues to cloud your vision or others’ vision. Please channel your loads of energy into something that is based on facts, and can make a beautiful difference in people’s lives – something that is uplifting and encouraging and that people can remember you by – as a person who has beauty and seeks to positively impact lives.

    • No question, you’re right about almost all of that. In fact, according to one report, ACE schools have never been segregated in South Africa, even under apartheid. And according to Alan Peshkin, in the USA ACE has long refused to sell its curriculum to schools that are not racially integrated.

      My claim is not that ACE is systematically, overtly racist. It is that the curriculum contains elements of racial discrimination, and I think it does. It’s not constant, but it’s just a bias of the authors towards their own white, protestant background.

  23. John,

    I attended an ACE school in Johannesburg, I find your blog derogatory, biased and wholly discouraging. Almost like the very “apartheid” system itself.
    It seems to me that you have way to much time on your hands.

    If you actually lived in this country, attended any of it’s schools or even researched the low standards of education that exist in our public schools, and the need for for more soundly run schools to a population where education is in dire need.
    You would understand that we are grateful, for an alternative solution, where the Learning Outcomes have high standards, and where a sense of self-discipline is instilled.

    IF YOU TRULLY WISH TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE; instead of whining about a movement that majority of South Africans have already moved past and gotten over..

    Why don’t you spend a year in South Africa, research the situation as it currently stands regarding the education curriculums available, the lowered pass rates, the fact that there are not enough schools, and as a result the pupil to teacher ratio is way to large, and the fact that private schooling has become so ridiculously expensive, that only the very privileged and elite can afford to attend.

    After this,
    Post a blog, with some positive solutions… which is unbiased and fair. Based on real-life interviews and research. I can assure you, that even you would come to appreciate, the consistency, and excellent results and positive impact that the ACE curriculum has had for many South Africans. It is a fact, that the Math, English and many other subjective outcomes has produced higher levels of actual educational outcomes than the standard curriculum available in South Africa as it stands.

    Or even one better, why don’t you use your time, and PhD, and develop a better curriculum, which has zero flaws, and is impeccably perfect, ensuring it would produce the highest standards and learning outcomes.

    Instead of just criticising, slandering, and giving your unvalued and biased opinion, unsubstantiated by actual research or relevance in the country you’re speaking of.

  24. You just admitted that the ACE schools are not segregated as was previously insinuated. If that’s true, that they won’t even provide material to schools that are, clearly they are far from “racist.”

    You talk about “critical thinking” and how important the truth and facts are, but you seem to be ignoring some pretty big issues.

    You stated “it is the job of schools to teach kids that racism is bad.” I’m not disagreeing with that statement, but where do YOU, as an evolutionist, get moral principles from?

    Why is racism “bad”? If evolution is true, then blacks and Aboriginals are more ape and less human, less evolved, so in fact, evolutionism is a supremely racist religion. Darwin and his avid fan Hitler were both enthusiastic about ridding the world of “inferior” races.

    The Bible teaches that all mankind is descended from Adam an Eve, so we are all human, all related, all loved equally by God, and all covered by Jesus’ redeeming work on the cross. The Bible does not support racism. Jesus teaches us all to love our neighbour as ourselves. In another parable, a despised Samaritan is the hero. He also chatted up a Samaritan woman, an action which was looked down on in that time. If a Christian is racist, that is the sin in that person. As long as Christians are living in this world, they are still sinners and will not be perfect. A Christian is someone who believes they need Jesus, that they aren’t good enough for God on their own, that they’ve broken God’s laws and need the blood of Jesus to save them.

    So, yes, according to the Bible, to look down on others because of their race is certainly not loving, and is therefore sinful, breaking God’s law.

    If evolution is true, however, then how on earth could racism be “bad” or “wrong”? The religion of evolution not only embraces the thinking that whites are more evolved than other races, but more importantly, provides absolutely no platform for moral judgements.

    Is it wrong for a bird to eat a worm, or for a lion to kill and eat a zebra? Whatever your answer, how do you know? What are you basing it on? Your feeling? The ability of the victim to feel pain or suffer? Why is it wrong to cause another suffering? The religion of evolution thrives on suffering and death for progress. The strong survive, right? Survival of the fittest is the dogma there, so how is it or can it be actually, really, truly wrong to kill or hurt or steal or do anything to anyone if you can get away with it?

    The thing is, without a God who has rules for people, who judges sin, there is, nor can there be, any consistent basis for right and wrong.

    If society makes up the rules by majority opinion, then in some places, abuse of women is right, like in Muslim countries where women have no rights and are treated worse than property, if society makes up the rules, then what Hitler did in murdering all the people and races he didn’t like was right (by the way, he also imprisoned and killed plenty of Christians who spoke out against what was going on, but those are rarely talked about because Christians are the only race, religion, or cultural group that it’s okay to hate, abuse, slander, attack, insult, and kill).

    Is abortion wrong? Is it wrong for a mother to get someone to kill her baby?

    What if the abortion is carried out because the baby is a girl and the parents wanted a boy?

    What if the death sentence comes because the child is black instead of white? There is huge discrimination against blacks when it comes to abortion promotion. Again, this is rarely talked about because it’s just not politically correct.

    You seem to be on an anti-Christian crusade, guided by the thinking that this group of people believes and teaches “WRONG” things. People shouldn’t lie, shouldn’t teach things that aren’t true, you think to yourself angrily. I agree. The Bible teaches us that lying is wrong.

    You with your evolutionistic worldview, where in the world do you get the idea that lying is wrong?

    A random explosion of nothing billions of years ago that no one was around to witness, record, or duplicate caused planets to begin revolving around the sun and caused stars to form and caused one particular planet to become habitable to life. None of this falls under tha category of science which includes only those things which can be tested, observed, duplicated, or demonstrated. It falls under wishful thinking, imagination, fantasy, or speculation. So then, a living bacteria suddenly appeared out of the chemical soup (scientific impossibilities abound in their model, to the point where evolutionism’s hero resorted to suggesting that aliens came to earth to start life…somehow that’s better than God doing it because the aliens won’t tell you how to live your life or not to commit adultery or get divorced or slander your neighbour) and that single parentless life became the granddaddy and grandmommy to all giraffes, people, jellyfish, koalas, hamsters, turtles, ostriches, hippos, earthworms, and dinosaurs.

    Darwin did put together his thoughts before the discovery of DNA, by the way. Every living organism has a genetic blueprint to replicate its own kind. There is never any new information added when studying life genetically, only distortions or mistakes in the original code, which always produce a crippled or defective creature with less ability than the parent creature. One can believe that fish gave birth to cats or that rock hyraxes gave birth to elephants or that cows decided to go back into the water to become dolphins, but that isn’t science. It’s religion. You tell me. How long does a cow have be held underwater before she realizes she wants to discard her legs and grow a blowhole? Or does she just go back to shore, chew them off, puncture a hold with a sharp branch into the top of her neck, and hope her babies will come out looking a bit more like a dolphin? Oh oops, by the time she started thinking babies, she realized that she can’t run away from the bear who is coming for her amputated body and she can’t swim yet. Yikes.

    Besides the fact that evolutionism is a laughable religion with no basis in science, how does an evolutionist ever come up with what’s right and what’s wrong, other than their own feelings?

    One’s own feelings make a terribly poor determinant for morality, since murderers and rapists are acting on their own feelings, too.

    Accepting evolution is not a result of critical thinking. It’s a result of brainwashing.

    And any anti-Christian who is trying to find faults with Christianity or Biblical principles HAS TO borrow morality, right and wrong FROM Christianity itself in order to back up their ideas that abuse of women is wrong or abuse of power is wrong or stealing is wrong or racism is wrong.

    For someone who pretends to sit on a moral highground of how much of a racist you’re not, you are spending youre life attacking and hating a group of people who have been called to love their neighbour as themselves, who generally lead peaceable, law-abiding lives as citizens, and who want all people to be saved from an eternity in hell. IF causing black people emotional harm for being black is bad, and it is, then don’t you also think that causing Christian people emotional harm for being Christian is bad too?

    What has a Christian done to you to fill you with so much hate?

    But the question I most want you to answer if you’re going to bother replying to this at all, is where you get your morals from, your ideas about what’s right and wrong.

  25. Hi.
    I would just like to say that I do not think that the excerpts from the PACE that you quoted are racist at all… I also think that your comments are totally biased and woefully uninformed. I am a South African. I am 36 years old and I am white. I was a boy in Apartheid and a teenager when the first democratic elections were held. From that time the South African economy has indeed been all but destroyed. Whites are discriminated against and black and colored people with absolutely no experience or relevant education are given jobs that they cannot possibly do. As a result, for the past ten years at least, we have had a serious decline in the effective deliverance of public services like water and electricity, sewerage and road maintenance and our educational system, health and civil sectors are a shambles because of unchecked corruption. None of these things were a problem under apartheid. Granted, Apartheid was racially motivated by the instigators and designers of the system, but the design was, nonetheless much more effective than the greed/revenge based application of government that we have now. Just to give you an example: About 40 years ago one Rand (South African currency) cost 2 British Pounds, and it was even stronger against the U.S. Dollar. Now WE pay around 12 to 15 Rand for 1 Pound. If that is not an economy destroyed then I don’t know what is…
    It is also my experience, which I have a lot of, seeing as I have lived here all of my life, that very, very few black African people have any integrity, true honesty or solid work ethic, and they are proud, arrogant, and ignorant. And they love being that way. Now, keep in mind that I say this while having many black and colored friends and acquaintances. I even teach black and colored children in the ACE school where I work. I see the effects of their culture in their lives. It is devastating.

    Paris Reidhead said this: And when I got to Africa, I discovered that they weren’t poor, ignorant, little heathen running around in the woods, waiting for, looking for someone to tell them how to go to Heaven. That they were monsters of iniquity. They were living in utter and total defiance, of far more knowledge of God than I ever dreamed they had. They deserved hell because they utterly refused to walk in the light of their conscience and the light of the law written upon their heart and the testimony of nature and the truth they knew.And when I found that out, I assure you, I was so angry with God that one occasion in prayer, I told him that it was a mighty, little thing He’d done, sending me out there to reach these people that were waiting to be told how to go to Heaven and when I got there I found out they knew about Heaven, didn’t wanna go there. And they (were) loved their sin and wanted to stay in it.

    What it boils down to is that sweeping statements like what you make in this post are unwarranted if you don’t have all the facts. And I challenge you to approve this comment for all of your readers to see…

    The question that I want to ask you is this: Do facts become irrelevant if YOU don’t agree with them?

    • If you’re going to post transparent drivel like that, I’ll gladly approve your comments. I’m confident my readers can tell a good argument from a bad one.

      • You have not approved his comment by saying it’s drivel. You say that the South Africans you talked to were white and racist. Did you talk to the white Afrikaans South Africans who grew up with no shoes, black bread, with little money? Do you actually think that all the blacks in South are poor and discriminated against and the whites are all racist and rich?You will find all kinds in South and times have changed. It’s extremely shocking to me that you are writing a PhD solely based on your opinion. You are an outsider looking in and seeing the problem and thinking ‘Gosh what a horrible system.’ What are you doing to help? How much South African history do you know? Why did the Afrikaans establish the apartheid system? They wanted to preserve their culture from the English rule,when the British tried to force their language and religion on the people they found there in South Africa,both white and black. It had major backlashes they couldn’t foresee. I’m not denying that indeed they were wrong in establishing it but there are two sides to every issue. It’s extremely hard for someone to be objective on this issue, yourself included. Especially when you come in with your presuppositions without listening to various groups of people. Have you been to South Africa? Theres is still very much racially charged tension& crime rate is high. As beautiful and developed as it is it’s not a pleasant country to be in. You brush aside any and all comments that don’t agree with you but let me tell you something- you don’t have all your facts nor do you seem interested in attaining them. How did ACE start in the first place? People wanted their children to have a good Christian education. I think they did a pretty good job. No curriculum is perfect and certainly their segregation and racism is their shortcoming. Have you gotten anywhere in confronting them? Please, please stop judging if you are not willing to hear both sides of the story just because you are absolutely convinced you are right. Yes they need to change. Why don’t you give them the same grace and time that God has given you to see the light.

      • “Please, please stop judging if you are not willing to hear both sides of the story just because you are absolutely convinced you are right.”

        This sounds like a superb description of ACE. Ask anyone who has tried to talk to ACE head office about issues with the curriculum how receptive ACE is to criticism.

        I don’t deny that the situation in South Africa is complex. That doesn’t change the fact that the descriptions of apartheid above are unacceptable (and ACE, to its credit and after immense criticism, has changed what it teaches about apartheid).

        I do, however, deny that ACE offers anything that can remotely be called a good education.

    • “I’m not racist but the black people ruined our country and are horrible sinners.”


    • This person thinks he is not racist? And teaches children of colour? Oh, dear, Oh DEAR!
      This is racist to the core. Sickening.

  26. Christopher Okola

    Our society is usually a reflection of our unique past history and often even if major changes take place, that unique history is continuously reflected. Take the case of South Africa and its apartheid practice in the past.Nearly two and a half decades after the dismantling of apartheid, there are still neighbourhoods that are predominantly white and those that are predominantly black. I do see how this could be termed as racism if someone depicted this reality in a book or movie. I think you are doing us very good service of “free publicity” by the continued bashing of the ACE system. How can a racist, inferior curriculum be growing so much with a presence in over 130 countries?

  27. Hannah Robertson

    I was told to read this article by a friend. We were both educated through ACE in Africa. I’ve had the privilege of interacting with South Africans of every colour and economic background and on that I base my opinions.
    What your article says is true about segregation in ACE. What you have writen in your comment replys reveals your ignorance of the history, culture, and politics of South Africa and of international affairs.
    What others have written about the state of affairs in South Africa is true. Just because you do not agree with them it doesnt mean they have any less right to hold it.
    You have also failed to acknowledge the many people who have pointed out that ACE schools in R.S.A. are integrated and even tell their students that not all the things that are in ACE are biblical. Are they therefore sticking their heads in the sand to even use the curriculum? No, they simply desire that their children receive a good Christian education and are willing to work with what is available and affordable.
    The secular world thinks that we can all just close our eyes, hold hands, and sing Kumbayah together. However, South Africa has taught me that this cannot happen without a heart changed by God and the work of the Holy Spirit. The fact is that Christians in RSA are the only ones getting anywhere when it comes to racial reconciliation. I was there 2 years ago for the All Africa Student Convention at the University of Free State in Bloemfontein. At an evening rally a man got up to speak and he said how the security guards at the venue were shocked how all races were together singing and worshiping God and having a good time. They couldn’t see how it was possible. We cannot, they were told, as human beings, drum up love for each other or legislate it. It is only with God that it is possible. With man it is immpossible.
    By the way, this integration is not unique to South Africa. I am a Canadian who attended an ACE school in Québec before being in Africa. The students where a complete mix of white, black, and asian and we all got along famously. So although the curriculum is not that integrated, schools are, and change starts with people, not policy or school material.
    So what is your motive in slamming ACE? Do you truly wish for people to change? Do you wish for them to reconcile? Though more change is needed, effort is being made. Instead of acknowledging that, you merely make a list of grievances. Take your queue from your reader fron Kenya. Talk to them and try to be constructive instead tearing down.
    Rightly you said something has to be done. Roll up your sleeves and take off your boxing gloves!

    • Hannah Robertson

      p.s. Hi again.
      I was just browsing through your site and articles. I thought maybe this one was a one off thing and I didn’t realize that this entire site is devoted to your venting.
      I am truly sorry for the racism that is in ACE and the bad experiences which you have had with Christians who are racist. It cannot be denied and it must be dealt with.
      However, I do not retract my previous statements that only through the work of God can a person’s heart be changed. Yes, there are problems with Christians. But there is no fault with Christ. “When we see Him, we shall be like Him.” That total transformation will be in Heaven, but for now it is a moment by moment ‘working out our salvation with fear and trembling.’
      Also think of John 6:67-69
      ‘Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” I know I don’t have all the answers but I will not ditch Christianity because of that. No other world philosophy can give me hope for the future or forgiveness for my sins or answer my fear of death. I know God, Who has the answers, and I have the hope that one day He will make all things new.
      I hope that ACE will realize their errors. But we can move past them. We could tell stories without end about discrimination. But discrimination is not something which is unique to it or even to Christians. Like I said, Christians are equipped to overcome their selfish and sinful selves through Christ. It doesn’t happen instantaneously and we need to have patience and forgiveness and grace through the process.
      If you do think that people do not need God to love each other, South Africa is the perfect place to disprove that. The Rainbow Nation? It was a nice idea but people don’t seem to be getting along with each other very well. Or in America, 150 years after the end of slavery and 47 years after the Civil Rights Act. Or in Rwanda. Or Syria. In World War 1, on Christmas day, German and Allied soldiers exchanged chocolate and cigarettes. The next day they got back to killing each other. After World War 2 the U.N. thought that was enough so they tried to get us to stop killing each other. Then we had the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Khmer Rouge, horrific civil wars in Angola, Congo, Namibia and Mozambique, the Gulf War, Central and South America going crazy with the drug trade and Iran apparantly pointing nuclear warheads in every which direction. That is the world’s success with getting us to be kinder to one another.
      I see others recomend books to you. On race, try ‘Darwin’s Plantation’ by Charles Ware and Ken Ham. On giving up various things to follow Christ, try ‘The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert’ by Rosaria Butterfield.

  28. Joelle Martin

    Come on now everyone. Please don’t go putting down an excellent education course just because of its cartoons. I am a proud, near graduated student of the A.C.E. Curriculum. I have been raised on the course right from the word go, and yes while the cartoon characters do attend racially separated schools, I never once thought that A.C.E. was promoting or encouraging racism. If you take a closer look at the cartoons over the entirety of the curriculum (not just the PACEs, but the Ace and Christi books too), you will see that the characters, from all the colors shown, interact and get along with each other very well.

    As for all the nonsense about teach racial segregation. Where is it? Can you tell me the PACE numbers in which it can be found? I have never seen it, and I started on the ABC’s with Ace and Christi.

    For those of you who doubt whether A.C.E. works, just try asking some of its graduated students. I know of a family of four children who were really struggling in school. One of the brothers was so depressed about what his teachers were saying to him, that he tried to kill himself. His parents immediately pulled him out of school and started him on A.C.E. upon which he thrived. The two older brothers have now graduated; one became a pilot, and the other became a research scientist. The two younger siblings (twins) are still finishing, but they are already planning and preparing to go to Uni to study (one want to be a surgeon and the other wants to be a vet).

    A.C.E. is also an excellent curriculum for those who have learning disabilities because it allows you to work at your own pace and you do not have to worry about the stress of exams. I know plenty of children whose parents pulled them out of school because they were failing or being bullied (you can’t always blame the student, sometimes it is because of the teacher and how he/she speaks to his/her students). They were started on A.C.E. and all began to do much better. Their grades came up, as did their self esteem. Children who had been told they were useless, began to see that they could actually achieve something. In a classroom the student must struggle to keep up with the teacher and fellow classmates, the A.C.E. course is almost completely self teaching, and parents need only intervene when the child does not understand.

    My own personal account of A.C.E. is I don’t think I would have survived in school, and I am glad that I have had A.C.E. over my years of homeschooling. I suffer from partial dyslexia that causes my to work much slower than others, and have a problem with my eyes that makes sitting in a classroom difficult (and yes I do wear glasses). I also appreciate the solid Biblical foundation on which A.C.E. has been built. I believe that being home-schooled on A.C.E. has helped to protect me from a life of drugs and alcohol. A.C.E. has also helped me to see what I want to do in life. No one cal tell me that A.C.E. does not work and I intend to use to school my own children when I have a family.

    P.S. I live in New Zealand, and in my opinion, our public education system is going down the drain. Half the children I teach in Sunday School cannot read, write, or spell properly (these are 7-12 year olds).

    • Hi Joelle, it sound as if you believe ACE helped you when standard state schooling would have failed you. That makes you grateful to ACE. However, don’t let that blind you to ACE’s failings. I’m in the opposite camp: I believe ACE failed me when state schooling would have realised more of my potential and given me a better education. (And, yes, that makes me do the converse of you: I look for — and find — fault with ACE and tend to overlook its good points.) Alas, ACE is racist (or, rather, segregationist) and I spotted it at the time. See my comments here:

      • Joelle Martin

        Yes, but state schooling also exposes you to bullying, damaging experiences, unrelenting peer pressure, and a new society absolutely drowning in drugs, sex, and alcohol. No thank you. I’ve seen the metamorphosis of some of my friends from sweet, loving children, into horrible brats that give their parents hell (I am talking about children from stable homes). Sure there are certain social benefits, but I’d rather avoid all the other stuff (I would have undoubtedly been a bully victim).

  29. OK, we’ve made some progress. I’ll assume your opening “Yes” acknowledges that PACE graphics were (are?) racially segregated — and is therefore also an admission that you were wrong when you said they weren’t. That’s good.

    Also, your closing comment: “I would have undoubtedly been a bully victim.” You know what? I believe you would. Bullying is never the victim’s fault but some people really don’t help themselves. Just my 2 cents’ worth.

    • Joelle Martin

      To clarify, I said that “I” never once thought that A.C.E. was promoting or encouraging racism, I cannot say that about other about other people. We all see things in different ways, and I do not see A.C.E. as racist.

      Also, I don’t fully understand your closing paragraph. Could you elaborate a little more please?

  30. OK, let’s leave the bullying thing – that’s both subjective and hypothetical.

    Back to the objective: it is a FACT that PACE cartoons were (and maybe still are) racially segregated. It’s not an accident or a coincidence that black and white kids didn’t mix and had their own cartoon strips. I even emailed ACE about it some years ago (maybe 10 years ago now) and they didn’t deny it. In fact they confirmed it and said it was what their users, of all ethnic backgrounds, wanted. So there was (maybe still is) a deliberate policy of racial segregation in their comic strips.

    You say “I [Joelle] never once thought that A.C.E. was promoting or encouraging racism [and] do not see A.C.E. as racist”. Now, maybe “segregation” is not the same as “racism” — can I meet you halfway and agree that PACE cartoons were (are?) racially segregated? I’d accept that as a compromise between “racist” (my starting position) and ‘ACE is not racist and does not promote or encourage racism’ (your starting position). This compromise (“racially segregated”) requires us both to modify our original statements; are you happy with that?


    • Joelle Martin

      Thank you, that makes much more sense. The cartoon characters do still attend separate schools, but they also interact with each other. Have you ever read any of the Ace and Christi books (they are used in the lower levels of Literature)? In one, both Highland and Harmony combine their efforts to raise money for computers, and in another they all attend a camp together.

      I suppose back in the days when the PACEs were first written, white Americans and African Americans felt more comfortable attending school with people from their ethnicity.

  31. “I suppose back in the days when the PACEs were first written, white Americans and African Americans felt more comfortable attending school with people from their ethnicity.”

    I attended an ACE school in the 1980’s and the PACEs were racially segregated. I considered it then — and still consider it now — to disgraceful: that Christians should promote and perpetuate racial segregation is one of the worst things about ACE. It is, literally (I mean, theologically) disgraceful: lacking or opposing grace, that most uniquely and beautiful Christian virtue.

    It is also ironic that a system which challenged and ran counter to so much in the (secular, liberal, humanistic) culture was quite happy to go along with the right-wing / conservative American predilection for racial segregation. Some things, it seemed, were not to be challenged or changed. And this issue is symptomatic of ACE: it combines, conflates and confuses Christianity (i.e. the teaching of the Bible) with “Christianity” — a cultural construct that is blind to its own assumptions and shortcomings. So we have (e.g.) literal six-day young earth creationism (because that’s what the Good Book says, right?) and yet not consubstantiation (the bread and wine at communion being or becoming the actual body and blood of Christ) So on the former the Bible speaks factual truth and on the latter it is poetic and metaphorical. Umm, can you see the problem?

    Now, Joelle, I write a Christian (well, I consider myself one; you may disagree) and I think ACE is deeply flawed but its biggest flaw is its lack of insight into its flawed-ness. We all hold contradictory beliefs and act them out inconsistently. Life (and the Bible) is full of paradoxes, counter-examples, mistakes, contradictions etc. And that’s OK. We are works in progress and contrary creatures at that. But to lay claim to the full and final truth, to make that truth fact and to ignore, distort or select the evidence to suit is plain wrong. Just wrong. And that, in my opinion — more, in my *experience* — is what ACE does.

    • Joelle Martin

      Okay, so A.C.E. is not perfect, but is was written by man. Man is flawed, so then, what he writes will be flawed as well. Not everything can live up to some people’s high expectations.

      “And this issue is symptomatic of ACE: it combines, conflates and confuses Christianity (i.e. the teaching of the Bible) with “Christianity” — a cultural construct that is blind to its own assumptions and shortcomings.”

      Unfortunately, the true meaning of Christianity has been warped and used to abuse things over the years. Christians are now highly stereotyped, in good ways and bad, but what people need to remember is that they are only human like everyone else. They still make mistakes, and what they, do rather than what they say, reveals their true character.

      “So we have (e.g.) literal six-day young earth creationism (because that’s what the Good Book says, right?) and yet not consubstantiation (the bread and wine at communion being or becoming the actual body and blood of Christ) So on the former the Bible speaks factual truth and on the latter it is poetic and metaphorical. Umm, can you see the problem?”

      It almost sounds like your criticizing the Bible itself. Creation is in the Old Testament, and Communion is found in the New Testament. The Old Testament is more concrete and factual; the New Testament is more abstract and metaphorical, but both were inspired by God through the Holy Spirit.

      “We all hold contradictory beliefs and act them out inconsistently. Life (and the Bible) is full of paradoxes, counter-examples, mistakes, contradictions etc. And that’s OK. We are works in progress and contrary creatures at that.”

      With this I do agree.

      “But to lay claim to the full and final truth, to make that truth fact and to ignore, distort or select the evidence to suit is plain wrong.”

      Isn’t this what men do all the time to further their own ambitions?

      Our modern world is fickle, and as I stated earlier, A.C.E. is not perfect, but neither are the state schools.

      • “Christians [. . .] make mistakes, and what they, do rather than what they say, reveals their true character.” Amen to that, sister.

        “The Old Testament is more concrete and factual; the New Testament is more abstract and metaphorical” — hmm, you sure about that? I’d like Jesus to be “concrete and factual” 😉 “but both were inspired by God through the Holy Spirit” — this I agree with.

        Still, it makes me laugh / cry when I hear “Bible-believing” Christians say that gay sex is a sin but banks (i.e. lending money at interest) is ok. The Bible has much more to say against the latter than the former but I guess we’ve all got bank accounts, loans, mortgages, credit cards, saving and pensions so . . . .

        “Our modern world is fickle, and as I stated earlier, A.C.E. is not perfect, but neither are the state schools.”

        I’d settle for that. By the way, you write and argue your case very well: courteous and reasonable.

        I’d still rather punch my children in the face than send them to an ACE school but, hey that’s just my opinion based on my experience. Your mileage may vary.

      • Joelle Martin

        …the New Testament is more abstract and metaphorical… “in its teaching,” is what I should have said; I do believe the people are/were very concrete and factual. Jesus used parables,and the disciples used a lot of metaphors (Paul in particular).

        “…you write and argue your case very well: courteous and reasonable.”

        Thank you for this. I don’t believe in the need to use cuss words, or be disrespectful when I write (and speak) in everyday life. I see know point for it (much credit goes to my parents).

        As for our little debate, it is nice to know that there is some even ground that we stand on. It has been interesting.

        P.S. Just curious, how old do you think I am?

  32. “how old do you think I am?” Oh man I hate it when women ask that question. No good can come of it. I usually take 20% off my estimate to flatter their vanity but in your case maybe I should add 50%. Seriously, you said you are a “near graduated student of the A.C.E. Curriculum” – so about that old!

    “Jesus used parables,and the disciples used a lot of metaphors (Paul in particular).” Yes that’s true. However, there are parables and metaphors in the Old Testament, and whole books and passages written as poetry — there’s very little poetry per se in the NT. (Remember the OT is written in Hebrew and is, essentially, a provincial Bronze Age text; whereas the NT is Greek and is a classical Greco-Roman urban text.)

    It always seems odd to me that ACE is happy to read creation as literally (factually, accurately scientifically) true but don’t take the same approach to communion; likewise gay sex is a sin but banking isn’t. Seems rather . . . . selective and inconsistent.

  33. Yes, racism is a problem within the ACE system, but please realize that the system is older than the current history and reprints are sure to come out eventually. If you are going to make a point of degrading a schooling system because of cartoons that are in them you need a wake up call. See the system for what it is a basis for CHRISTIAN education. Need I say more that the people criticizing the system are the ones that were educated by it? If you don’t like the system so be it, but making comments without reasonable input for a solution means you are part of the problem!!!

  34. Accusations against ACE similar to the ones above (or maybe the same ones) were discussed by a group of black Kenyans in a forum I belong to. The conclusion was swift: Generally, we blacks have messed up our countries after taking over from colonial powers. There is nothing racist in stating simple facts. (I am a black African, if it matters).

  35. Hi!
    Before I ask my question, I want to give some history: I taught all of my five children via home schooling. They’ve all got college degrees in science, business, or commercial art. So we did something right, I guess.

    We began with ACE b/c that was pretty much all we could find. I ditched it, though, for something tougher, as we are all eggheads.

    I found lots of mistakes in ACE. Shoot, my little KIDS found mistakes in it. We did not stay with it long enough to experience higher levels of history, etc., but I can imagine…

    We are not racist. Meaning, our ancestors were mixed race in marriage and we do not prefer white. We also do not prefer red, brown, yellow, black, or whatever is the popular term. We see people as people and do not expect the skin color to be connected to the mind or the soul. We just do not play those games. We see good as good and bad as bad.

    My question: How do we describe what is now happening in U.S. government, if it is not giving the poor, whatever the race, the ability to tax and ruin a nation by governing it according to their own faulty backgrounds which led to their own poverty and ruin? I’m serious. I have no real expertise in these topics; politics comes hard to me because I always expect people to do right and always find I was silly to do so, but cannot stop myself.

    But I really, truly, desire more understanding. Can you help?


  36. Good morning, hope you are well – please come and visit me here in South Africa, I’ll take you around and you can get an on the ground feel of what South Africa is like – you know, talk with the Xhosa granddad whose children doesn’t respect him any more (respect is only for fundamentalists?), or how about a lady the age of your mother who do not have HOT bathwater since the municipality officials did not receive or ‘mislaid’ (read big lie) the concrete pipes that was to be used to fix the waterline on their block. Or how about the telephone line that doesn’t work, even though several promises have been made to fix it (see if you can keep your blog going in SA, for lack of proper service). Or how about the nice couple visiting inmates who was gang-murdered in cold blood on their bed by the very people they shared some of their livelihood with. Or talk to the 450 black schoolchildren who had to be dewormed just a month ago, because the sewage spill from the unfixed ‘municipal’ pipes. Have you ever visited us pre-1994, and afterwards? Have you talked to the farmers? Both black and white – have you tried running their farms for half a year?

  37. hi I’ve had a look at your interesting information. I was wandering if you would like to change things in South Africa?
    by starting a school that is totally inclusive?

  38. Patently untrue! Go look at the demographic at most ace schools. Largely representative of SA (where this does not apply is at ace schools that are less accessable). Spend an hour in a quality ace (there is high and mediocre or even bad quality schools in every system) school and you will be faced with a loving, caring (non-racist), acceptance of divergent cultures.

    Don’t believe everything you read.

    • The article doesn’t say anything about the demographics in ACE schools or the attitudes of the people who use it in South Africa. It talks about what’s in the books, and some of that is racist.

  39. Hi! John I have 2 kids they started ACE School 2012 the elder one was supposed to start grade 7 they told us that only maths and english they will start him to grade 5 but the other subject will be grade 7 and after 6months they will do diagnose test we agreed as parent because we new that he will make it his the hardworker. Late September 2012 we realised that it is not as per promise the child pace’s are grade 3,4 and 5 when we meet with the principal she appologise and her reason was she’s new at school and she promised to rectify her mistake the following year 2013 again new principal took over we meet with her explaining what happened she promised to rectify the mistakes during the year they changed teachers like changing underwears many teachers and even student went out of the school. I went back to the principal I told her that I want the transfer letter am taking my kids out. she asked me not to do so she drafted the letter of commitment that by this time 2014 my child will be at the correct grade and she asked me to pay school fees I did the arrangement after I paid.

    2014 nothing happened the grade still wrong I went back to the principal she gave me transfer motivating it by saying by end of 2014 the child will be finished doing grade 9 and ready for grade 10 for 2015 but the progress report grade are grade 7 and 8 and the transfer date is 30 july 2014. All the School I went for application told me straight it won’t happen. I went back to the principal she was angry and after I received phone call from council member that I am not allowed to get any information and my kids won’t get pace’s untill I settled the school fees and I get phone call from attornies that the judgement is issued against me they want to take furniture in my house for school fees. My question is 1 should I continue paying school fees for the wrong grade and is the school mistake. 2 is it fair for the school to hand over to attornies and again the school stop giving kids the pace’s. PLEACE HELP

  40. Hi I think it’s good that you’ve highlighted any genuine mistakes in the A.C.E. curriculum. The writers of the curriculum would have been ‘victims’ of their own upbringing and culture which is thankfully changing quickly in regards to racism. It’s important to make it clear that God is not racist nor does he condone it. His love is available to every person, no matter their nation, tribe or tongue. That is absolutely clear in the Bible. Remember God is the ultimate intelligence and us humans are way behind and often making mistakes as we struggle to understand His thoughts. But He has clearly told us He IS LOVE. It’s important to not be ‘racist’ towards A.C.E. people either, but believe their hearts are that they want every person to know that they are loved and accepted by God. I don’t believe for a minute that any genuine Christian who knows and loves Jesus Christ would want anything to do with racism. If the curriculum has some ‘old school’ thinking in it which needs to be updated, then it’s very good you’ve pointed it out to them and you need to encourage them to change it and get their curriculum even better than it is now. I cut the bad bits out of a banana but it doesn’t put me off eating bananas and I won’t tell everybody that bananas are bad and no one should ever eat them because some of them have bad bits in them. The same with A.C.E. It sounds like you’ve identified a ‘bad bit’ in the curriculum and yes let’s cut it out. But the rest is amazing and the curriculum is one of the most successful at helping people in many nations to get educated. I heard just this year about a Pacific Islands nation where the children under their government schools just weren’t doing well at all and many didn’t advance into high school. But the locals were recognizing that A.C.E. was successfully teaching their children to read well and do well and help them get educated and the demand for it is growing higher because of this. Do let’s cut out the bad bits once we realise they probably came from an unintentionally ‘tainted’ education the original writer received and let’s enjoy and celebrate the goodness of the rest of it. Bless ya heaps and take care.

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