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    Oh I know how you feel!!
    DD goes to a public school where there is no RE yet came home to me last month with this......
    " do you know who made mummy?"
    " yes darling I made you"
    " no mummy GOD made me and he made you too and the trees and the grass and all the animals"
    I nearly fell off my chair!!
    DH tells me it was because it was around Easter but still.....
    Not impressed.

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    My kids are opted out from CRE for this exact reason

    I despise belief being taught as if fact from a preacher/teacher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SassyMummy View Post

    My daughter won't be attending. If she wants to grow up and follow religion, she can once she's old enough to challenge ideas. At this age, she sees her classroom as a place she learns facts. Send an RE teacher in there and she'll think she's being taught facts, as she would in Maths or English or whatever. She will believe everything they say without question. She doesn't need to be brainwashed...

    This excatly!! If i told dd that god is pink then thats the color god is to her!

    Year 1 is old enough to challenge the religion idea (especially when living in a non religious family) because they know nothing other than what they are told.
    however if they were being taught about different religions that would give them the idea of each religion and it would spark some kind of challenge questions for the RE teacher.

    Unfortunetely my dd is thrilled with RE class and is happy to accept what they are telling her, so basically if she brings it up i nod and smile and thats it, i havent tried bringing other religions to her as i think it would be to much for her especially know nothing about any of them.

    Shes going to a new school next year so my plan of attack in this really is to just ride it out and keep noding and smiling for 2 more terms and once started at the new school i will tick no for RE.

    And then at some point have Qualified people from different religions to speak with her

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    At my kids' school there was an option of either catholic, anglican or teaching of good principles/behaviour etc, the last one obviously not religious.

    I'm pretty sure the teachers volunteer their time, so maybe only the catholic and anglicans offered their time? Not too sure about that. My kids go to the catholic class.

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    Also in the sense of kids being brainwashed into believing only one set of religous beliefts, surely they would need more than just a half hour lesson once a week at school? My grade 7 boy who has been going to RE since prep, has decided he doesn't believe any of it as he has decided it is like a fairytale. He came to that conclusion all on his own - so I'm not sure his RE teachers succeeded in brainwashing him. I say that in the nicest possible way, as I think they are trying their best to teach children good values alongside the teachers, and hopefully parents.

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    OP I'm pretty sure you would have ticked a box saying 'Catholic scripture'. There is no religious education in public schools, not that I know of anyway. It is scripture.

    If you don't want her in it, take her out. Either way, it's not the end of the world. Your DD has not been brainwashed in the handful of hours that she's been there. At her age, YOU are still her biggest influence.
    My kids attend Catholic scripture (I don't know why, I'm a little confused I think ) and when my scientifically minded DS1 came home in the beginning and said "mum do you believe God made the world in 6 days, coz they say he did", and other similar stuff, I said "I don't know, what do you believe?", he told me he wasn't sure and so I explained to him that SOME people believe that, but some people believe it's just a nice story, and that's ok. Some people believe a giant snake made the rivers etc, and that's ok too. Some people believe in the Big Bang and evolution (with a brief 6yo explanation on those), and that's ok too. And there are all different beliefs about how the world was made, and different beliefs about different Gods, or no God. And that everyone is allowed to believe their own thing.
    He came back to me about half an hour later and said that he believes that creation is just a story, he believes in the Big Bang, but he also believes there is a God and Heaven. He still goes to scripture but believes it all to be stories.

    If this is really important to you OP, there is nothing stopping you explaining to her that there are different religions. You could even go to the library and see if there are books on different religions. Why do you think she'd get upset?

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    What happened to the other religions and how and who will break it to my dd and others when they start realizing theres are jews, muslims, and so on..?
    Why don't you start looking at some of those other religions with her?

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    For the adults here who have made their own choice/decision about relgiion, I would guess you came to that decision as an adult or at least in your later teens. ?? I would not be overly concerned with what a little one might be told for one half hour lesson once a week. The childs family, and family life style, will surely be the largest influence for many years yet. Im not wanting to make light of it all for those who are concerned, but for me it would be of little importance. Marie.

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    I just opted my girls out of CRE.
    When my eldest started at her previous school I questioned it and was told it was just around the religious holidays. I allowed her to attend to get an understanding of the celebrations.
    When we moved back to the city, I allowed her to attend again, assuming that it would be the same. Instead, it is an hour long class every week.
    And even after opting them out, a CRE workbook was sent home with them. NOT HAPPY

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperGranny View Post
    For the adults here who have made their own choice/decision about relgiion, I would guess you came to that decision as an adult or at least in your later teens. ?? I would not be overly concerned with what a little one might be told for one half hour lesson once a week. The childs family, and family life style, will surely be the largest influence for many years yet. Im not wanting to make light of it all for those who are concerned, but for me it would be of little importance. Marie.
    If children were sat down in a class for half and hour each week and taught that Luke Skywalker REALLY was a Jedi who could use the force, and they got stickers that said 'the force is with YOU' to go on their 'worksheets' that said the same thing -- I'm pretty sure you'd have a hard time trying to 'undo' all of that as a parent.
    We shouldn't have to contradict a 'teacher figure'.

    Don't send your kid if you don't believe?? Problem solved??

    ..No.
    There's still a problem...
    That's 20 hours worth of school LEARNING time that those kids who are 'sent out' miss out on.
    While the other kids are being instructed, communicated with, have interaction with a 'teacher' etc....My kids have to sit in a room and busy themselves -- supervision ONLY..no interaction from a teacher 'allowed'!

    Segregating children based on THEIR PARENTS FAITH - for indoctrination purposes is an outdated and unfair practise.

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