I'm a new member here. Primarily decided to join to talk to others who have experienced a difficult transition out of extreme Christian backgrounds as its an area which I have never had the chance to really 'vent' as I suppose my background is a bit of a rarer thing to see in the UK, but it does still happen.
I don't know how well-known ACE schooling is, or whether anyone has heard of it on here, but its an American cirriculum and stands for 'Accelerated Christian Education'. They are strict, exclusive and closed group, employing very out-dated and archaic teachings and traditions. Although my school was of the more 'gentle' of them and never abused us, the mental struggles after being to such an isolating and educationally inferior school took its toll on me, even eight years on.
Although religion has no threat to me anymore, having been raised from primary through to secondary in the same secluded environment (only eight pupils attended the school) has really messed with my head. The education was laughable, all the teachers were mums who were volunteering. We weren't allowed to talk about anything 'wordly' as they put it, were made to memorise and repeat Bible verses and give out tracts in the street in order to go on field trips and we actively taught against science, questioning minds, homosexuality, ungodly-music and movies. Oh and you couldnt say the word sex.
Due to the terrible education I basically came out with a qualification that doesn't mean anything and eight years later I'm stuck studying at my parents house with a distance learning course which has thrown me back into isolation again, as I can't go to a proper university due to my lack of qualifications. Pretty angry and frustrated about the whole thing, schools like this should no be running anymore!
Has anyone here been to an extreme religious school or heard of ACE? I'd love to hear your feedback!
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