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    Quote Originally Posted by Ana Gram View Post
    Not in it's current form, no. I am fine with a cultural studies approach, where all religions are studied but not a single religion taught as fact to children who are not capable of critical thought.
    I agree with this100%. I think it's important to teach children that there are different religions, and what they are. But in its current form to impressionable minds I think it's abhorrent and hate the fact that parents who choose not to raise their children in a particular faith (in this case, Christianity) are effectively having that choice taken away or having their child sent out to sit in a corridor to stare at a wall. What a waste of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lily of the Nile View Post
    No, not in primary school.
    In highschool I think a general religion class where you're taught about all faiths is more beneficial.
    Agreed. High school is a much more appropriate place for more in depth study of religions.

    Quote Originally Posted by share a book View Post
    Yes, as an extra curricular activity out of hours.
    This would be fine with me too. I have no problem with out of hours classes, similar to tennis and chess club.

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    Quote Originally Posted by share a book View Post
    That's a shame. I think it's good to be taught the way the other primary and high school here teach it. Knowledge is power, and having an understanding of other cultures and religions (including the Aboriginal Dreamtime) can lead to tolerance and acceptance by the wider community. They even do that in dd's religious school, but the public schools do it outside regular school hours. My daughter learning about the Greek Gods, or the religious background of Middle Eastern countries or Dreamtime stories from Aboriginal Elders can only serve to open her mind and her heart and allow her to understand and accept other people.
    Yes, this is what I'm getting at.

    I believe children benefit greatly from such cultural relevant studies, and the study of different religions throughout history and the impact such religions have had upon humanity is very important.

    Unfortunately there seems to be several schools still solely teaching Christianity, and not from a historical perspective either - from the perspective that they can't love their mother who doesn't believe in Jesus 'saving' us or that they are going to hell.

    It's basically Sunday School disguised, and there is no place for it in the public school system.

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    Yes, can't love your mother, how utterly disgusting, not no mention ironically UNCHRISTIAN of them to teach. I'm surprised that the Catholic schools I have attended, worked at, sent my child to, seem to have a better structure than public schools others have dealt with. Our school, though it has only a few Aboriginal students, has such great respect for the Aboriginal people. Assembly each week begins with honouring the original custodians of the land on which our school was built.

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    Similar thing happened when I was a nanny. The 5 year old came home distraught and told us we were all going to hell because we didn't believe in god. This was also a public school and the parents were unaware religious education was in the school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ana Gram View Post
    Similar thing happened when I was a nanny. The 5 year old came home distraught and told us we were all going to hell because we didn't believe in god. This was also a public school and the parents were unaware religious education was in the school.
    If it weren't for bh, I would not have known kids were taught that. The schools I have been involved with have not said anything like that. We weren't taught it in school either. We were taught to love and respect others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FiveInTheBed View Post
    Benji - after meeting with the Principal, revising the policy and signing the 'SRI Exemption form' for my three kids... I STILL had my 6yo come home and tell me they left him in the scripture room and he was taught that 'Jesus made the Earth and everything on it, and seperated the water to make the atmoshere...and now Jesus is his favorite'.
    ..the other two sat in the Principle's office with two other children to colour in.



    ..there is no other option for my kids. I proposed a number of Alternatives, even volunteered to supervise, but no, that is allowed in the Agreement outlined in the Education Act.
    I also said NO to Religion and after about 6 weeks my dd brought home GOD LOVES ME colouring in. I spoke to the teacher and was not impressed the only option was exclusion which meant sitting where kids who do not behave and need thinking time sit. She is very sensitive and basically it made her feel "naughty" and left out as she was one of two children who were not attending the classes and they were not allowed to talk or interact with each other and sat at opposite ends of the table(in view of the children in the class). I gave in, as it was affecting her more being "outcast" then me having my way and her not being told GOD is everything and is creator of all.

    I agree with encouraging acceptance and learning about other cultures/religion but do not like the RE as it is.

    My second child however has stated she is in no way interested in it, if they do it again this year I will not be impressed.

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    I'm a teacher, we have 3 different kinds of religious classes of different denominations. We also have non-scripture. I don't think any child feels marginalized because they do or don't attend the classes. They're boring and a waste of time IMO, but each stage only does it for one afternoon a week for one term, so not really a big deal.

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    I'm happy with the way my kids' school does it- there is a choice of Christian, Catholic or Greek RE. It is on an opt-IN basis which I agree with (you pay $5 and have to fill out a form for the year so this assures your kids don't go unless you want them to).

    I am quite happy for my kids to learn about whatever religion, and have faith they will make up their own minds as teenagers/adults about how they want to live/which God they want to believe in.

    At the same time if RE was scrapped I wouldn't worry too much.

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    I'm with many others here. I don't support scripture in it's current form in public schools but i would support a cultural studies class taught by a qualified teacher. Not only is scripture bias and teaches it to be 'truth' which to me it isn't, most people that run scripture are volunteers with no teaching qualifications just the bias. Sorry but when you tell my child god is real, that's not cool, as opposed to... christians believe in god and that jesus was his son sent to take sin away, hindu's believe in Nirvana and buddhists believe in reincarnation etc etc.I would be ok with that.

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