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Lack of good religious education ‘leaves pupils at risk’

February 17, 2018

Do different religions have separate heavens? Where do morals come from? What is the difference between Jesus in the Bible and in other scriptures? These are just some of the questions the Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC) says that secondary school pupils grapple with on a regular basis. But the REC is warning that a shortage of religious education teachers could contribute to religious stereotyping and discrimination, leaving pupils at risk of becoming ignorant, or bigoted. It...

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Ban parents from pulling children out of religious education classes, Church of England says

April 27, 2017

Parents should be banned from pulling their children out of religious education classes because they are preventing students from learning about Islam, the Church of England has warned. Derek Holloway, the Church’s lead on religious education (RE) policy, said that those with “fundamentalist” religious beliefs are “exploiting” laws which give them the right to withdraw children from the lessons, in order to stop them from learning about the Muslim faith. He said that parents are using a “dubious interpretation of...

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Philosophy can teach children what Google can’t

April 2, 2017

At the controls of driverless cars, on the end of the telephone when you call your bank or favourite retailer: we all know the robots are coming, and in many cases are already here. Back in 2013, economists at Oxford University’s Martin School estimated that in the next 20 years, more than half of all jobs would be substituted by intelligent technology. Like the prospect of robot-assisted living or hate it, it is foolish to deny that children in school...

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‘Philosophy needs to be given its proper place at the heart of UK education’

March 13, 2017

One director of learning calls for the subject to have a GCSE all of its own Why do we go to school? This isn’t just a question that children (or teachers) are prone to ask on a cold winter morning. It’s a philosophical question – a question about the point of education. Why do we do it? Much educational thinking is based on the assumption that the answer is an economic one: learning is a preparation for working life. Education...

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