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NORTH AYRSHIRE REMOVES R.E - FOR MORE USEFUL LEADERSHIP COURSE

Discussion in 'Religious Education' started by STOPMOANING, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. As you may or may not know N.A. has removed R.E from the curricullum in some Sec schools and swaped it with more useful CFE related leadership courses. DO U COMPLETELY agree with this? I do !
    Lets do a survey - Ask your next 4th year class if they think R.E is important to their education ?
    Honesty is the best policy here. Move over and lets bring in something interesting, enjoyable and challenging !!
    Thoughts ?
     
  2. As you may or may not know N.A. has removed R.E from the curricullum in some Sec schools and swaped it with more useful CFE related leadership courses. DO U COMPLETELY agree with this? I do !
    Lets do a survey - Ask your next 4th year class if they think R.E is important to their education ?
    Honesty is the best policy here. Move over and lets bring in something interesting, enjoyable and challenging !!
    Thoughts ?
     
  3. That's fine. Instead of teaching religious tolerance we can tell students religion isn't important and that they don't need to learn about it. That'll be great.
     
  4. I have and they do. It's a brilliant "light bulb moment" when they realise that the subject is about life, and things they have experienced, or that they know others have experienced. Year 11 go one better and say it is their favourite subject. So, I don't think they'd appreciate anything being brought in to replace it.
     
  5. Sometimes, students don't always know best....
     
  6. Like the one who originally started this thread!
     
  7. RE is a legal requirement and if you researched what CfE and the Scottish Government are trying to do, you would know that RE is getting pushed big time to include more religion and faith in its curriculum, to compliment moral issues. Of course schools can dress it up how they like by giving it a different name, putting it on a rotation with social subjects, cross cutting it with SE or changing its timetabled slot but removing it is not an option and it will not be happening.
     
  8. durgamata

    durgamata Occasional commenter

    Hello StopMoaning,
    I did not know that North Ayrshire have removed RE from the curriculum. If they have I guess it's illegal. It is certainly short-sighted and reflects a woeful ignorance of the contribution that RE makes.
    I do know that in some schools there is a bad attitude towards RE. But then there is often a bad attitude towards many minority groups in some schools. There is bullying in many schools. There are lots of attitudes which show how ignorant the students are in certain areas of life - and this just shows how important it is to have a curriculum which is aiming to educate the students and guide them as they grow towards adulthood so that they become well informed, well educated and wise citizens.

    I have worked on Supply in several schools over the years where there has been a problem in the RE department. I have come in to find a negative attitude to the subject but within a few weeks of having an acting HOD who is a passionate and well qualified and experienced specialist (me) in charge, the attitude starts to change. Within a term there are students staying back after lesson to continue discussions and you hear discussions about aspects of RE in the corridor and in the playground. As others have pointed out, in many schools - I would say in any school where there is a strong RE department and a culture in the school which understands and respects the subject - RE will be a very popular subject. But that really isn't the point.

    We are employed to teach our students the things which they need to become well educated citizens. RE teaches an aspect of the curriculum that nothing else can. It is indeed about understanding other people and reducing levels of prejudice. It is also about self-understanding and a clear appreciation of the complex and rich pattern of human experience which contribute to our beliefs and attitudes. We all have to make sense of the world. We all have to engage with the tensions that arise when we are working with or meeting people who have different ways of understanding life. We are all engaged with the lifelong quest for meaning.

    Honesty is indeed the best policy. Wake up to the reality of what RE is about. It is not just interesting, enjoyable and challenging, it is vitally important for understanding and making sense of our complex world and national society. It is vitally important for personal growth and an honest approach to the subject of truth.

    I wonder what your own experience of RE was at school. I can guess that it was not very well taught. Since I am now offering free workshops in any aspect of RE or Community Cohesion I wonder if North Ayrshire would be fertile ground. It certainly sounds as if there is a need up there.
     
  9. I feel the true situation is revealed if you read further down the thread. You may be preaching to the converted here.
     
  10. North Ayrshire has not removed RE from the Curriculum. The OP is not speaking the truth. That is a fact.
     
  11. I'm a bit puzzled that my earlier post disappeared.
    There is one Headteacher in North Ayrshire who has not replaced a retiring teacher preferring to put RE into the PSE programme. That is it. There are RE specialists in all other eight secondary schools. It is not the policy of North Ayrshire Council to remove RE from the curriculum.
     
  12. durgamata

    durgamata Occasional commenter

    What strange characters we do get on these forums!!!
     

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