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    The proposed Religion, Beliefs and Ethics curriculum is intended as an add-on existing religious teaching (up to 9 hours a week in some schools) or to supplement it, under the heading of Civics.

    http://www.ncca.ie/en/Curriculum_and...sultation.html


    The paper, linked, is out for consultation to spring 2016.


    Teachers are saying that the curriculum is already overcrowded and are not enthusiastic.


    Chances are, given school culture and pressures, that this additional element would be infiltrated by existing Church powers of various sects and even more time given to indoctrinating tiny children with bizarre and unscientific notions about life.
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    About time people spoke up, and acted up, about this coercion to have children baptised, and discrimination of state funded schools against non-Catholic children. There is a march on the Dail this evening to support a specific child.


    http://www.thejournal.ie/walk-for-ev...25788-Nov2015/
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    I share your unease about this proposal.

    One point I would insist on is that no teacher who provides 'faith formation' in one specific religion should be allowed to teach on any course purporting to be an education in all religions and none. They have been training these teachers for years now, and they engage in this double-think with pupils.

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    ....and as it is, science gets 1 hour a week in the primary curriculum and religion gets 2 1/2. And this new proposal will probably not elbow out denominational RE (Catholic or CoI religious teaching in most cases), presumably meaning religion will get even more hours?

    Science 1, Religion 3??

    I mean, really?? It's 2015 .

    Religion should really be mostly extra curricular; Afterschool or Sunday clubs for the willing, not for the coerced.
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    Default Re: Reform of Religious Education in Primary Schools

    Quote Originally Posted by morticia
    Religion should really be mostly extra curricular; Afterschool or Sunday clubs for the willing, not for the coerced.
    As I understand it, that's more or less how it works in the US. For all that America is criticised, often justifiably, they do take every seriously the separation of church and state in a way that some 'republican' European countries don't seem to (and I'm not just thinking of Ireland here, Germany's churches are tax-payer funded, for example).

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    Default Re: Reform of Religious Education in Primary Schools

    Sick scum
    http://www.teachdontpreach.ie/2015/10/mary-says-yes/
    As part of the new Catholic religion course ‘Grow in Love’, six year old infants in Irish schools are being taught that ‘Mary says YES’! to God ‘working through her’ by making her pregnant, despite Mary being afraid, confused and not understanding what was going on.

    Mary looks like a little girl in the picture that is to be displayed in all classrooms. When Mary says ‘YES’!, she is sitting on her bed looking startled, it is nighttime, and there is a little kitten with a heart on it beside her on the floor.

    This is an extraordinary and dangerous message to give to young children. ‘SAY YES’!, even if you are afraid and confused. Just trust someone that comes to your bed in the night.
    Do the right thing.

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    Default Re: Reform of Religious Education in Primary Schools

    Quote Originally Posted by Frankie Lee View Post
    Sick scum
    Very dangerous thing to teach a child. Demonic approaches come in a similar way. Friendly voices. The heading at the link states ''Teach Don't Preach.'' They've alot to learn themselves.
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