Religious education in New South Wales

A review on the teaching of religion in primary schools has revealed that some contradictory messages are taught to students in New South Wales, Australia. Some of the scripture included negative paragraphs about abortion. The review is focused on state run schools in which the main religion is Christianity with a majority of 87% of students being Christians. Since 2011, the schools offer an alternative to religious studies, called special education ethics. One way of changing the perception is to make parents opt in to the lessons rather than opt them out. However, this recommendation was rejected. Most importantly, school books have to be reviewed to exclude negative comments in line with strict religious upbringing to give students the chance to decide for themselves what they want to believe in.

 

source: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/apr/12/nsw-rejects-some-religious-education-review-findings-but-will-scrutinise-material

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