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John Dickson
There are two compelling reasons for Special Religious Education in schools: 1) Some religion or other profoundly shaped a child's culture, and should form part of their education; 2) Trained adherents are better equipped to teach a living Faith than are teachers in general.
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John Dickson 11 Feb 19
Replying to @johnpauldickson
And I would welcome anyone who is willing to debate this issue with arguments.
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Pointy Bird, O. 11 Feb 19
Replying to @johnpauldickson
It seems that you are pleading that religion is a special case, needing to be taught by adherents, unlike, say, Communism or Nihilism. We might counter that a practitioner is the *worst* possible choice for teaching *about* religion.
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John Dickson 11 Feb 19
Replying to @ohpointybird
You would need to make that case, rather than declare it. My argument is: so long as there is a commitment to education not proselytising, adherents are in a better position (a) to know the content of a Faith and (b) explain it as a living tradition, like an artist teaching art.
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Noel James Debien 11 Feb 19
Replying to @johnpauldickson
Not sure about #2. I was once an REC who also assisted with SRE etc, and heard some bizarre stuff being conveyed by untrained but well meaning volunteers.
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John Dickson 11 Feb 19
Replying to @debien_noel
I acknowledge there's some nuttiness out there. Thus I stressed "trained adherents". Cheers. I hope you're well, Noel.
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The Aus. History Guy 12 Feb 19
Replying to @johnpauldickson
As before you miss out one minor detail. What of those that are not if any faith? Why must their education stop so that SRE can begin? The specialist nature of SRE instructors would suggest that lesson in a church/temple/mosque environment would be more appropriate.
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John Dickson 12 Feb 19
Replying to @aushistoryguy
Of course, many without Faith (and so without connection to a church) choose to enrol in SRE, because it is felt that religion is important. Those in non-SRE/SEE are not 'stopping' their education, as if there's a class they should be at, which they are prevented from attending.
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Mikey Lynch 12 Feb 19
Replying to @johnpauldickson
Not especially convinced there's a need for it in the State school system. It's nice to offer it to nominally religious kids whose parents won't take them to church but want to give them some exposure. But wouldn't see it as a must-have.
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Sandy Grant 12 Feb 19
Not a must-have. But a good-to-have is the point.
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Murray 11 Feb 19
Replying to @johnpauldickson
When the Victorian Govt ditched opt-in SRE they replaced it with the compulsory 'Respectful Relationships' curriculum. They also provide general religious studies, which contains some interesting takes on various topics! Cf
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John Dickson 11 Feb 19
Replying to @MurrayJCampbell
It's all so misguided!
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