School is back in session as COVID-19 cases continue to climb in the U.S. Students are gearing up for another academic year while parents, school leaders and elected officials fight over pandemic politics, public health concerns, personal freedoms and contentious vaccine and masking policies. For some districts, the new school year is already shaping up to be a bumpy one as educators navigate COVID-19 outbreaks, temporary school closures and coronavirus culture wars. Religion also is in the mix. It’s a part of everything from the vaccine exemption requests to parent motivations and the very missions of the schools themselves.
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In summer 2021, Culham St Gabriel’s Trust commissioned research to understand more about public perception of an education in religion and worldviews. The results of the research have now been published and it confirms the importance of Religious Education with 64% of adults in the UK believe that an education in religion and worldviews is an important part of the school curriculum today.
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The Adventures in Human Values™ children’s books are based on simple, yet powerful stories centering on human values. Each book is beautifully illustrated and contains positive messages for kids to help them become heroes and change the world around them. The first four series of 9 books are available for reading.
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Pope Francis has instituted a World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on Sunday, 25 July 2021. Identifying with the more senior members of our society, he says “The whole Church is close to you – to us – and cares about you, loves you and does not want to leave you alone!”
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Given the current state of Lockdown and uncertainty about return to regular school attendance in Greater Sydney, NSW Department of Education and SRE NSW, along with Better Balanced Futures offer guidance and assistance to parents with respect to Special Religious Education and Learning from Home across all faith groups.
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In a remote part of Australia, at a time before social media and internet was around, one lndigenous man was able to stand up, be heard and change the course of Australian history. His name was Vincent Lingiari.
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The Sikh Khalsa Mission of NSW is authorised to teach “special religious education”(SRE) in government schools. The objectives of the Sikh Khalsa Mission are given, along with a preview of topics and curriculum stages.
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The Bible society offers homeschooling lessons for children aged 5-11 on its website. This material may be used by parents when children are home account the pandemic or for other community protection causes.
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The Islamic Council of NSW (ICNSW) delivers scripture classes to NSW Primary Schools. The Australian National Imams Council (ANIC) provides delivery of Islamic scripture classes to Muslim students in NSW public high schools.
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Special Religious Education (SRE), also known as ‘Scripture,’ is the Board of Jewish Education’s largest educational program across NSW government schools. Board of Jewish Education teachers travel to nearly 60 schools across NSW to teach foundational Jewish knowledge in once-a-week SRE classes which are provided for free by the Board.
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