The UK Government recently outlined a White Paper that threatens to demote Religious Education to a peripheral subject in the curriculum. More info on the campaign to have it reinstated here: http://www.reactcampaign.co.uk/
Mark Roques of Reality Bites regularly leads RE workshops for students - he says we need more engaging ways of teaching RE. He also claims there is a hidden curriculum in education indoctrinating students into an individualistic, secularist worldview.
Andrew Copson, CEO of the British Humanist Association also wants good RE teaching but disagrees with Mark’s conclusions about hidden agendas in education causing consumerist attitudes among students.
They also debate whether an atheist worldview can account for our belief in reason and freewill.
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For Mark Roques and Worldview RE resources see http://www.realitybites.org.uk
View the Reality Bites paper on secular indoctrination in education http://www.realitybites.org.uk/downloads/RealityBites_Education-Indoctrination-and-God.pdf
For Andrew Copson and the BHA see http://www.humanism.org.uk
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