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My recent post Government uses UK’s ‘Christian heritage’ to justify collective worship in schools
My point is that, once extricated from such cultural ethnocentrism, you are not a part of the 'group', and are mocked and ostracised for that separation in other areas of your life. Children can be quite harsh, let's face it, so because those that are a part of the 'in-group' are force fed a broad Christian (in my case) rhetorical breakfast, they - like in so many other cases of youthful us-and-them scenarios - are ostensibly taught that anyone on the outside of that group is fair game and ripe for being singled out.
Imagine, then, if no assembly - religious in nature or not - were to become the norm. What would the effect really be? I doubt if any reasonable person thinks that this time should be spent doing something equally mundane, so the first benefit would appear to be more access to educational resources that have a real application in their education, rather than the current nebulousness of unfounded and loose spiritual assertions.
Secondly, it removes the opportunity for segregation full stop. Returning children to their classrooms where no such segregation (barring levels of competence) exists, means that all receive more education, and less opportunity to be divisive on personal matters that serve no educational function.
If it is right and proper that I, or my children, can opt out of assembly, then there must be something wrong and improper about its blanket application. The only reason that we hold onto it is for cultural Christianity's religious privilege - something that is inherently divisive and has no place in a representative society.