I find a vast majority of the religious discussions on here are quite respectful, in fact most of us tip toe trying not to offend but people still get hostile. I try very hard to be respectful of your or any religious faith, but there is a lot of upset citing things that haven't even been said, judgments not even made.
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06-02-2016 09:12 #123
There seems to be a lot of focus on Catholic private schools in this thread.
I went to a religious private school and the RE class were focused more on values, social issues and life skills - not anything overally religious, the classes were very accessible to other religions and atheists, of which the school had many! In year 8 we spent the whole year learning about other religions in depth, year 11 RE was more of a way to destress (think talking about issues relevant to us, watching movies, beanbags...) and year 12 we had one excursion RE day and that was it for the year.
We were going to send ds to a public primary but now plan to send him to a secular private school for philosophical reasons.
06-02-2016 09:23 #124
I don't think this thread is hostile about religion in the slightest? Sure I've seen it in other threads, but I've been really enjoying this one.
Regarding the public/private schools thing - just my two cents: it's actually no one's comments here, I just think when you work your ar$e off teaching at a public school it can be very hard not to feel defensive sometimes.
We feel so passionate about the importance of access to education for all, we try and manage on far less funding than the private schools, we are trying to manage students with a range of severe emotional and physical needs as the government keeps cutting access to services (seriously - where I live it takes at least a year for students at my year levels to be assessed publicly) and there is no money for school support officers. And it turns into this vicious cycle because we can't 'afford' the facilities and lose the students, therefore lose the money that the students brings to our budget after the government changed the funding model.
But the reality is, if the teacher is good enough, they could go and sit under a tree with a blackboard and a stick of chalk and be equally effective and inspiring. And there are plenty of those teachers in public schools. It's just hard to witness sometimes when we put in what we do, and is so disheartening to read some comments.
Of course everyone here has the right to send their children where they choose, just offering a massively OT perspective there :-) sorry @Moxy!
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I've been reading along and I wanted to pop in and say that I often feel the way you do about BH and being Christian. One reason I didn't enter this thread in the first place. I've been called names and stuff too because of my faith.
I think you've been really respectful and articulate. I agree with everything you have said. You are not alone on BH in your thoughts.
06-02-2016 09:34 #127
Everything you said is what teaching is about, I would love you to teach my kids
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