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Possibly not the best idea for a homework task!

Discussion in 'Personal' started by FrankWolley, Feb 21, 2016.

  1. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    Unless you want lots of negative publicity, that is!

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/646041/Guernsey-pupils-convert-Islam-Les-Beaucamp-High-School

    Year 8 Pupils at Les Beaucamp High School in Guernsey were asked to explain to their parents “how becoming a pupil has changed your life [and] how much you love your family and hope they can accept your choice”.

    Teacher Amber Stables told pupils: “Focus: How would it make you feel having to tell your parents this? How would/could they react?”

    Ms Stables added a disclaimer that the homework is a piece of creative writing and fictional.

    She said: “YOU ARE NOT ACTUALLY CONVERTING TO ISLAM.

    “It is purely to test your knowledge of what we have learnt this year and how well you can argue objectively!!!!”
     
  2. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    Why not? As long as everyone knows it is a writing exercise, I don't see the problem.
     
  3. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    What choice did they have?
     
  4. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter


    Can I just point out what you quoted is the teacher's task, not what I said (or think)!
     
  5. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Did the Express make a typo in the opening paragraph putting 'pupils' instead of 'Muslim'?
     
  6. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Probably best not to set homeworks based on understanding others' viewpoints - can't be having that now can we?

    Makes you wonder if the Daily Excess would have waded in if the conversion had been to Buddhism.
     
  7. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    I remember long way back in an RE lesson, we'd done a module on Judaism and we had to write something very similar, explaining why we'd chosen to become a Jew. [I confess in my immature 12 year old way I may have made bacon jokes]

    I'm still struggling to see why this is an issue?
     
  8. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    The bacon jokes, d'you mean?
     
  9. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    Sorry, Frank. I didn't mean it to come out like that. I was just pointing out the stupidity of the task and the italics didn't come out in the quote. :(
     
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  10. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Haha yeah... doesn't everyone love bacon?

    [my wife doesn't like bacon :(]
     
  11. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter


    When GCSE History started (late 1980s!) History teachers were faced with teaching 'empathy', and often fell back on the 'imagine you are' type questions. Generally these were poor tasks and - over time - they disappeared from text books, exams, teachers' worksheets etc.

    Seems RE has a way to go to catch up (at least in one school, anyway).;)
     
  12. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Well RE is all imaginary so I can see why the task appeals...


    Oh no he didn't! Yes he did! Oh no...:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:
     
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  13. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    Religious belief is having an imaginary friend. Very soothing if you can do the leap of faith required.
     
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