Remember how important it was for you to fit in and be like your friends when you were a kid? Bible in Schools relies on that feeling to coerce parents and children into accepting religious instruction. Does your school do this?
Most parents don’t seem to have much of an understanding of what Bible in Schools classes really are. Many of them seem to think that they teach about world religions and don’t just promote Christian faith.
Schools are now considering what they will do with the new Ministry of Education guidelines on religious instruction classes. Many schools have practices that currently fly in the face of these recommendations. Will they change by choice?
The NZSTA have released a newsletter informing their members about the Ministry of Educations guidelines for religious instruction. But they’re still not taking a stance on it, just repeating what has already been stated.
Schools around the country will be reviewing their religious instruction policy in the wake of final recommendations from the Ministry of Education. Is your children’s school one of them?
The NZ Ministry of Education has finally released their “guidelines for religious instruction”. But will anyone listen? If the board of trustees wasn’t concerned with imposing religion on a secular school before, why should they be now?
Wellsford School has changed their religious instruction programme to opt-in. Another small victory on the path to truly secular schools where children of all religious backgrounds can feel included and welcome!
Religious groups target children who are younger, even though there is nothing stopping evangelicals targeting high school children. It is access to primary school children that they seek. David Whitehead, a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience explains why.
Beachlands School is reviewing it’s religious instruction policy but has provided a biased, promotional account of what it is to parents. Aside from the misleading nature of what they say, they seem to be completely oblivious to the question of the hypocrisy of promoting a religion within a secular state school!
Bombay School is one of the most recent to remove religious instruction classes from their classrooms. It is really encouraging to see how teachers stood up against the religious bias, lack of professional teaching and supported the principle of secular education, welcoming to all children.