A report that came out a few days ago has said that MPs are worried about the lack of Religious Education being taught in UK schools. This concern is especially connected with the English Baccalaureate, a new scheme in which students are expected to receive an all rounded view of a variety of subjects which will hopefully prepare them for the world outside of the classroom.
The talks have been going on for a while (maybe since January this year) but it has been raised again in the news because Michael Gove, Education Secretary for the UK Government has drawn up plans to cut out religious education from the scheme.
There has been outcry over the proposed plans by certain MPs. One in particular, Tory MP, Fiona Bruce has made some sharp claims. She maintains that cutting out RE would undermine the subject. She has also highlighted that 1 in 3 schools don’t give enough money or attention to the subject.
And before anyone makes an assumption, it’s not just Tory MPs who are complaining! Significant Labour MPs are reporting of various complaints over the supposed ‘downgrading’ of RE.
I think it is a ridiculous thing to suggest cutting out RE within the UK education system. It is important to understand religion and faith, and to provide children to make up their own minds. It gives communal cohesion and causes individuals to understand why people believe what they believe and how it impacts the world.
If anything, the government should be injecting MORE money into the subject of RE, not effectually getting rid of it!
Therefore, I urge you to sign the petition, RE.ACT, which has been signed by over 115,000 people already. Over 100 MPs have also made a stand in favour of the continuation of RE being taught as a major subject in schools.
What do you think of the situation?
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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It should be made compulsory up until year 9 or something, and then if you’d like to carry on the subject then fine you can. However the idea of R.E being taught as a ‘major subject’ is just wrong, yes it tries to promote peace and tolerance blah blah blah, which I suppose is beneficial for kids (if anything create a new subject that focuses on these issues, just don’t put it under religious education), however there are also a lot of negative issues surrounding religion, issues that never seemed to get mentioned in the classroom i.e anti homosexuality. Anyway I’d of much rather had an extra hour of sport than R.E in school.
Thanks for the comment, 666.
I would argue that Religious Education IS a major subject. It’s important that kids are exposed to negative sides to religious fundamentalism. They need to know this sort of stuff in order to understand it and tackle it in later life.
A lot of people would rather do sport than RE, but that’s because it’s often boring… because the Government aren’t doing enough with the subject to make it fun.
They should definitely keep RE! I think it’s appalling that they’d even consider it. Children can’t grow up not knowing even the basics about different religious beliefs when it’s such a big part of society, particularly with more multiculturalism these days, bringing a more diverse range of beliefs into the UK. Children cannot grow up ignorant of these matters, especially since it can lead to wrong assumptions and prejudice.
Completely agree Amelia. Hit the nail right on the head there. Thanks for the comment, and please continue to read the blog and express your views! 🙂
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