Posts Tagged ‘religious education’

Parents outraged at school’s pro-Israel Folau assignment

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

Parental objection has seen a Catholic secondary school cancel a pro-Israel Folau assignment. The assignment was signed off by “the Religious Education Year 9 Team” at St Patrick’s Marist College in New South Wales. “Your mission is to present to your Local Member of Federal Parliament a letter expressing deep concern for the future of Read more

Revisiting the 20-year-old secondary school RE curriculum

Thursday, November 15th, 2018
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The New Zealand National Centre for Religious Studies (NCRS) is providing secondary religious education teachers with a new curriculum guide. The Secondary RE Bridging Document (SREBD) Poipoia te kakano kia puawai – Nurture the seed and it will blossom – is intended to provide some common ground while a formal longer process of preparing a new year 1 – 13 RE Read more

Proposed changes to Religious Education syllabus

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Proposed changes to the Religious Education (RE) syllabus have been met with outrage in the UK. The Catholic Education Service (CES) and the Bishop with special responsibility for RE say they are “not happy” with a report calling for urgent reform of religion in schools in England and Wales. The say it is “a direct Read more

School restarts religious lessons after complaints

Friday, March 21st, 2014

A group of Auckland primary school parents who took concerns about religious lessons to the Human Rights Commission are outraged Christian teaching will restart next term. At the start of the year, Roy Warren, whose 5-year-old son attends St Heliers School, originally complained to principal Craig McCarthny about the 30-minute sessions running during school time, Read more

Divided beliefs over Bible in the classroom

Friday, August 9th, 2013

One in three state primary and intermediate schools teaches religious instruction, according to a survey which has triggered debate over what children are being taught. Here, the chief of the Churches Education Commission, Simon Greening, and the survey’s author, David Hines, present their views: For Why should New Zealand primary schools continue to offer a Read more

No stranglehold on God

Friday, April 5th, 2013

I soooooooo don’t get it. John Main says, “Language may not be able to lead us into the ultimate communion but it is the atmosphere in which we first draw breath of consciousness.” I have spent more than fifty years acquiring language – a spiritual language, that is, not my native tongue – and suddenly Read more

Geering says not enough religion in schools

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Sir Lloyd Geering believes there are good reasons for teaching religion in schools. He thinks parents’ confusion about the word “religion”,  can make them more likely to remove their children from religion classes. “I think ‘religion’ is probably a word that is confusing the whole situation. What we really should be talking about is culture. Read more

British students want RE to remain compulsory

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Some 63% of young people in Britain think that Religious Education should remain compulsory in state schools, reports the Tablet. The survey conducted in Britain also shows more than half of the adults questioned believe Religious Education lessons in schools are worthwhile with many favour making Religious Education (RE) compulsory. The poll comes as increasing numbers Read more

Is there much God in godparenting?

Friday, March 9th, 2012

I remember clearly the day I deeply offended a close friend by refusing to oversee the religious education of her future children. It was years ago and we were walking through Cashel Mall during an afternoon shopping jaunt and she asked if, when she had children, I would be their godmother. Now, what I think Read more

The place of religious education in school

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Last week’s Westminster Faith Debate examined religion in schools in Britain. But there’s a danger that we get so sucked into our own national preoccupations that we lose perspective. My work on research and policy extends into Europe, and I want to give a wider European perspective to the United Kingdom debates. Above all, I suggest that Read more