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    I chose ours because it had a really good reputation. It's a public school but I love it. They have friendship groups for lunchtime and grow their own vegetables and use the vegetables in tuckshop

    They do music and sport but I didn't care that much about extra activities because I would prefer to just take the kids somewhere myself so they end up with friends from different places. Not just school. So if they fight with school friends it doesn't matter as they have friends from dancing or swimming or wherever. At the moment they do 3 activities each and I prefer that to it all being done through the school.
    I went to a private school and we did heaps of sport/music through the school, but it became our whole lives and I always noticed how much worse kids seemed to handle it who really only did things through school, and those who went to different sports clubs or whatever. Mind you, it was hard to go elsewhere because Saturday sports and that kind of thing was pretty much expected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    I think it depends on the school re how much religion they have. granted this was 20+ years ago, but I attended a catholic school all thru primary and most of high school and we had RE every day. Mass at least once a week, sometimes twice, and were expected to attend on Sunday as well. There was no opportunity to question it, nor even learn about other religions until HSC in Year 11. I actually loved religious studies then, as we explored all the other faiths..... although there was an underlying message they were wrong but this is what they believe.
    Eek! I don't think many schools (at least the ones I've looked at) are like that now.
    I think often its the small catholic schools that are the worst for 'full on' religion pushing.

    I'd never let my kids go to a school where they let some random religious nutter volunteer come and reach the kids about religion.

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    It wasn't really a choice. I could have afforded public or a small private catholic school... Being an atheist who is against brainwashing children that was obviously not ever going to happen.

    Ideally she'd have gone to a Steiner or Montessori school. I don't have that kind of money though, and couldn't really travel half hour to and from school... Probably longer in traffic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4underfour View Post

    I'd never let my kids go to a school where they let some random religious nutter volunteer come and reach the kids about religion.
    This reminds of of the other week, we were walking into our local Westfield which was hosting a big psychic/spiritual type thing, and when we were walking through the doors there was a middle aged couple, one giving out religious literature and the other holding a big placard saying something about psychics being evil and you only need God etc, I thought to myself oh dear what nutcases and walked as quick as possible past them, and DD turned to me and said "oh mum that's *bestie's* scripture teacher!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4underfour View Post
    Eek! I don't think many schools (at least the ones I've looked at) are like that now.
    I think often its the small catholic schools that are the worst for 'full on' religion pushing.

    I'd never let my kids go to a school where they let some random religious nutter volunteer come and reach the kids about religion.
    I've found around my area its the Lutheran schools that have a massive focus on religion, and the smaller Catholic schools have less! I guess thats another aspect for the non-religious/not overly religious to look at when looking at private schools!

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    Oh yes, Lutheran schools seem particularly bad I agree. But like you say, you need to look at each schools curriculum and go on that

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    I never thought Lutheran schools would be that bad.. I haven't heard of it before.. Most friends have their little ones going to Catholic schools so i guess I just hear about the catholic side..

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4underfour View Post
    I'd never let my kids go to a school where they let some random religious nutter volunteer come and reach the kids about religion.
    I don't think people who teach religious education in schools are "random religious nutter volunteers", that's quite a generalisation. They would have to be educated, certified and completely vetted by the education system, just the same as a music or sports specialist. Some might have some personal views that you don't agree with and that's fine, but just say you don't want your child to be in the extra RE classes (if it's a public school).

    It's quite strange how those who find religious schools teaching religion are "full on" "pushing". You put your kids in a religious school!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hulahoop View Post
    I don't think people who teach religious education in schools are "random religious nutter volunteers", that's quite a generalisation. They would have to be educated, certified and completely vetted by the education system, just the same as a music or sports specialist. Some might have some personal views that you don't agree with and that's fine, but just say you don't want your child to be in the extra RE classes (if it's a public school).
    Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought PE and Music teachers were qualified teachers who happened to specialise in PE or music (ie, they have a 3 or 4 year degree minimum) whereas those that take RE classes have no formal qualifications and are volunteers from local religious organisations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Bec~ View Post
    Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought PE and Music teachers were qualified teachers who happened to specialise in PE or music (ie, they have a 3 or 4 year degree minimum) whereas those that take RE classes have no formal qualifications and are volunteers from local religious organisations?
    This is correct. Music and PE teachers are formally qualified teachers and have university degrees.

    RI teachers are volunteers from various Christian groups.

    In Victoria they use volunteers from Access Ministries - an organisation who are very well known for their evangelism.


 

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