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  • #61
    Originally posted by cheeeeesecake View Post

    I think public schools should teach a 'world religions' class. Teach about all religions and beliefs, but most of all, tolerance and acceptance for the beliefs od others. I am tired of hearing that all muslims are terrorists. I as a christian have been told that i am stupid for my beliefs, religion is the cause of all war and hate in the world, only people of low intelligence would believe in god, my beliefs are fairytales and absolute bullsh+t... i could go on but you get the idea. I would love for the future generation to be able to speak about religion respectfully, without putting others down. It would be great if the christian kid isnt bullied at school. I myself have friends that are christian,catholic, muslim, mormon, buddhist and athiest. I love the diversity and what i can learn from each one, and i completely respect their different beliefs. This is what i want kids to learn in public school - and scripture class as it currently operates doesnt teach any tolerance or respect.
    This is what I was trying to say.

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    • #62
      Originally posted by BbBbBh View Post
      This is correct. Non scripture kids can't do much at all.
      I am an Ethics teacher at ds's school. He was in Catholic scripture but I changed him to non scripture as he was being given lollies and colouring in to do. He thought it boring. So he went to non scripture where he was given colouring in with no lollies. I figured i'd sign up to teach Ethics. It's an awesome program, takes about an hour of your time (classroom and prep) each week and fun. Funnily enough it took my presence in Ethics to finally have all the other scripture teachers produce WWC checks. Slack slack.
      For anyone interested: http://www.primaryethics.com.au/ourhistory.html
      I am now Ethics coordinator at our school
      ...we have one Ethics teacher about to undergo training, we need more volunteers though to cater to demand.

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      • #63
        I find ironically that catholic schools now provide a much more realistic less extremist religious view than public scripture classes. Not that I would ever send my kids catholic.... but the wtf moments I read about of fire and brimstone crap is always scripture.

        I was educated catholic in the 80's and 90's and the whole 'you'll burn in hell' stuff was gone even back then.

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        • #64
          Originally posted by FiveInTheBed View Post
          I am now Ethics coordinator at our school
          ...we have one Ethics teacher about to undergo training, we need more volunteers though to cater to demand.
          Did you advertise in the school newsletter? How exciting! We started out last year with 1 teacher (me) and we now have 6.

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          • #65
            Originally posted by BbBbBh View Post
            Did you advertise in the school newsletter? How exciting! We started out last year with 1 teacher (me) and we now have 6.
            We did right at the end of last year - I think it was too close to winding up for it to make an impact.
            Hoping to have something sent out in the newsletter in the next couple of weeks.
            There are a number of schools in the area starting up too - so we may be able to swap and help each other out!

            The principal (after a number of discussions ) just sent out usual "update your child's info" form [medical info, consents to photos, etc etc ] and included a section that pretty much the same as the new 2015 enrolment form (which includes Ethics as an option)


            Yay! for your school!

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            • #66
              Originally posted by RaraMum View Post
              See, i think a Study of different religions should be offered in schools. And it should be completely unbiased which I understand would make finding a teacher difficult. I think I (big head much) would be good for this. I dont have a religion that I follow but I hope there may be something. I think offering a class on all religions (preferably not satanic stuff to primary kids) could be beneficial not for a religious view but for more social acceptance or whatever im trying to say. I such at getting my point across. Does that even make sence??
              That is what they have tried to do in Ireland, for over 20 years. It is almost impossible. The closet we got to unbiased was when an atheist taught the class, but the Parent's Committee was up in arms about her having an "immoral character" (as, apparently all atheists do), so hired someone else.

              It's too hard to implement.

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