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.
The Khandallah School Board of Trustees has released feedback regarding the submissions on their clubs policy, which were mostly about religious instruction. There seems to be a strong level of denial among some board members!
The Churches Education Commission is on the defensive and is re-branding to “Launchpad”. They have a new CEO and new initiatives planned for 2019. Will media attention on their actions hold them in check even while legislation allows them to get away with so much? Will the court case enable change to legislation that goes far enough?
The Ministry of Education have asked for submissions on the draft guidelines for religious instruction. Here is my submission.
Teachers are right in the firing line on the religious instruction debate. No matter what they say, they will upset someone. This article attempts to explain the position they are in.
Red Beach School have finally agreed to end religious instruction after more than 8 years of complaints against their “values classes”, which included defending a high court case costing them tens of thousands in legal fees to defend their bias for Christian religious evangelism.
Cool Bananas is a Tauranga-based Christian organisation that promotes a number of “values” programmes in the form of religious instruction, holiday programmes, event and camps. They even have their own YouTube TV channel “where values and entertainment got hitched”! So is it just good fun for kids or a funnel into religious faith?
As hundreds of evangelical Christians were in Wellington protesting the removal of “Jesus Christ” from the parliamentary prayer, the board of trustees at a small rural school just south of the Bombay Hills were informing parents that religious instruction classes were to be removed.
The Ministry of Education have released draft guidelines on religious instruction and asked for submissions. Considering that they have no teeth, are inconsistent with the law and support entrenched religious discrimination… why do we still have this nonsense?
The Education Council defend their lack of policy on religious instruction and assure me that Chris Hipkins will answer our questions. Find out what the Education Council says about religious instruction and see if we got a response from the Minister.