- Stewart Gault
- United Kingdom
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What was religious education like where you went to school?
It's merely to try and get an insight into how it is taught around the world.
As I live in Northern Ireland which has been the victim of religious and political prejudices over the past 100 years it struck me as how awful the level of religious education was. In NI at GCSE level it is compulsory to have an hour of RE each week which is fair enough but it's what's being taught that is pointless.
There are units which schools can pick to choose and they only have to teach one, these are the main units Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Roman Catholic church and it's history, religious philosophy and Christian ethics. These are just from one exam board but the others contain essentially the same. They're designed so as if you're a school with predominantly one religion you can teach a course on it, but why are their only courses for one religion? In a time of multiculturalism and huge ethnic diversities in cities surely a mixture of religions should be taught, not in some the sense of being able to see your religious choices you can pick but in a way that you can empathize with others from a different religion so we can build tolerance and a level of acceptance. Especially in Northern Ireland with the Troubles i thought teaching religious diversity would be a key goal.
Just wanted to hear some thoughts.