Yes , the pretence has become an embarrassment.
Yes, tell the Queen.
Yes, until there is unimpeachable proof that any deity exists, we must consign all religions to the skip. Religion is divisive and pollutes the minds of seemingly otherwise rational individuals. Faith is an abstract concept and can be acquired in a moment, experience, education requires a lifetime. The idea that you are required to die before you achieve paradise, proves all religions are thinly disguised death cults...
No, I think children should have some idea of what happens in church. Most parents will never take them. In state schools divinity masters are generally Anglican, if they're not Hindu or Buddhist, so it's all done in a spirit of ecumenical candy floss.
The church underpinned British society for over a thousand years. The pub replaced it when the people lost interest in divine goodness following the two world wars. That's dying now, what with the breathalyser, the smoking ban, and the price of beer. Society is fragmented. If people are to come up with a new inclusive concept they need to know what has worked in the past.
It depends on what is taught and how it is done. Christianity has played a major part in shaping European culture, so a basic understanding of it is helpful. Without such knowledge it is difficult to understand history and also some part of today's society. But of course this should not be of the "evangelistic" type telling the kids "this is what you should believe"
"Christianity has played a major part in shaping European culture". Yes as a pretext for a lot of atrocities.
Yes, as well as in art, education, health services, agricultural development etc.
So, if something has had a negative (as well as a postivie) effect we should not teach about it?
As history not as worship. The development of technology is the main cause of progress in art, education, health services and agricultural development.
Technology does not stand alone or happen in a vacuum. It depends on the ideas and philosophy in society. This is why there should be teaching on religion, philosophy and history in the schools
Because it's the majority belief
Beliefs have no place in education.