Maybe that was just the 70s.
Maybe that was just the 70s.
I just want to take a minute and separate out the RE teachings from under the banner of 'Christianity'. The majority of RE is Catholicism. I wouldn't have a drama if some lovely Protestants wanted to teach my boy about God and the Bible, but under no circumstances do I want him indoctrinated into the Catholic faith. So can we be clear about that please? Catholicism and Protestancy are not the same.
Obviously there is a very broad range of how religion is taught or presented to children from nice, fluffy stories to "believe this and carry out these practices otherwise you are going to burn in the pits of hell for eternity".
I know at ours - they have a group for Catholics and then a 'general religion' ..which is basic christianity.
The volunteers at our school use material from "Godspace"
Here is a link if anyone is interested.
[and yeh -- a bit of colouring of jesus ] there are 'sample lessons' viewable on here - and it is completely obvious that they are trying to 'recruit'
..my three children are 'opted out' of RI
..but have managed to come home with numerous activity sheets - handed to them by volunteers who have, like the one at Sassy's school..overstepped their mark when my kids came back into the classroom. (so OBVIOUS that they weren't meant to be involved)
Last edited by FiveInTheBed; 22-02-2013 at 19:07.
Yep. I'd be peeved too.
I'm agnostic. I'd be open to my children to be taught about the different religions by a teacher who did not show any bias or leanings towards a certain religion. I would NOT be comfortable for my child to sit in a class to be taught one particular religion as fact. I don't really think that scenario has a place in any public school.
I think if you want your child to learn a particular religion, then send them to a school that teaches it as part of the curriculum.
Kids can learn about different religions, what the basics are. Just as they might learn about different cultures. They should be taught tolerance for each religion/culture....it shouldn't go any further than that.
That's what RE should be in public schools.
That's my 5 cents anyway.
ETA - I changed from atheist to agnostic. Im either on any given day
Last edited by GirlyWirly; 22-02-2013 at 19:16.
Wow, this thread is getting really heated! In the interests of keeping the sisterhood intact, maybe we all ought to step away from the computer for a while in order to get some perspective...
The fact is that even if our young children have been exposed to a message we don't like (be it certain religious teachings or even rubbish in the playground that's come from other kids - and we've all experienced that...), WE CAN SET THEM STRAIGHT AT HOME. They're not being strapped down 'Clockwork orange'/Ludovico-style and brainwashed - it's just another bit of information they've been exposed to that they need our help, as their parents, to process and understand. The important thing is that we talk with them about these subjects in an open way and allow them to ask questions. And SassyMummy has already said she does this with her DD and she's dealing with the matter with the school, so maybe we've just got to trust that she's got things in hand and can correct any false information her daughter has heard. Yes, it sucks that the school failed to respect her wishes, but in starting this thread she's made us all aware that this kind of thing can happen and reminded us why we need to be involved in our children's education.
It's also reminded me why my mother says "religion is not an appropriate dinner party conversation"...
Clarification: sorry, I'm not saying that Protestants are lovely and that Catholics aren't, I'm saying that if some nice, lovely people who were Protestant taught my son RE, I'd be okay with it because I disbelieve too many things about Catholicism to feel comfortable with that being taught to my son. I feel uncomfortable with aspects of Protestant beliefs too, eg being saved and not being saved, the Rapture, to an extent, but I'd choose that branch of Christianity to be foistered onto my kid, if it happened at school and if my wishes were ignored, like the OPs.
Oh right, thanks for the clarification. I'd say I am agnostic, I think churches are all pretty hhmmmmm. My son goes to Re, becuase I lost the form and then couldn't be bothered finding it. He came home telling me tht "Jesus is his best friend" I can tell him till the cows come home about the different religions and how I don't believe etc, but deep down I believe he still thinks Jesus is his best friend....what have I done!
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