What is the point of RE?

Sep 27, 2017 by

by Nigel Genders:

I believe that religious education is a core building block in the formation of any individual. Together with science, the arts and humanities, religious education allows us to see inside ourselves, question our purpose and understand the wider world. Failure to give this subject dedicated teaching time and resourcing teachers to do this well is a fissure that must be filled. We fail to do this at our collective peril.

“To know ourselves and how to live well with one another, we must learn about the way faith has shaped and continues to shape our world”

Reports by NATRE (National Association of Teachers of Religious Education) and the Commission on Religious Education published this week call for more to be done to place religious education in the spotlight in schools. I agree.
Our Church of England vision for education sets out four core strands that together make up what we think provides an education for human flourishing. The first of these is wisdom, knowledge and skills and a good education needs each element. It’s having the knowledge and skills that help pupils to grow in wisdom and shape what a life lived well really means – and we believe that religious education is a core building block in that. This is not about indoctrinating people. It is about understanding what it means to be human. What it means to have belief, to understand those who have no religious belief, and to gain insights into those of other faiths. Because people of all faiths and none are our neighbours, our teachers, nurses, doctors, trading partners, friends.

See also: RE not a soft option, by Nigel Genders, C of E Communications

Now schools are ditching BC and AD in RE lessons, by Jonathan Petre, MailOnline

Education chief demands schools put ‘tolerance and liberalism’ at heart of curriculum, by Virginia Hale, Breitbart



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