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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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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Ahimsa means non-violence, and was the foundation of the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi. Ahimsa is a human value. The significance of values lies thus: Behaviour is based on choices; choices are guided by values. The Ahimsa Center offers a non-violence curriculum for grades K-12.
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Understanding how to explain death to a child is important. It is one of the biggest questions parents must discuss with kids: What is death? What do you say to your kid when they ask, “What happens when you die?” or “Why do people die?” Is there a right way to explain death to a child?
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Teen Yoga is fastly becoming a vital part of a child’s development with over 1.7 million children and teens practicing yoga. Many schools have given it a priority as they have found yoga and meditation play an important part in a child’s development including mental health benefits.
Teaching Yoga to Teens requires specific training which The Teen Yoga Foundation have developed. The foundation has been running for over 17 years teaching teen wellbeing and yoga courses. The course is ideal for Yoga Professionals, School Teachers, Parents and anyone wanting to bring Yoga to our young.
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Due closure of borders and application of Stage 3 Lockdown, Special Religious Instruction is not being provided in schools. Here, we bring you homeschooling resources for Orthodox, Sikh and Muslim faiths. We will add to this where more resources become available.
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The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, based at the University of Birmingham conducted two surveys of Religious Education teachers about their faith and the impact of Religious Education on the character formation of students, as well as the faith (or non-faith) of the Religious Education teachers. What follows is reflections and excerpts from this report.
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The Jubilee Centre has published Religious Education Teachers and Character: Personal Beliefs and Professional Approaches. The aim of the research was to explore Religious Education (RE) teacher’s worldviews and their approaches to promoting pupils’ character growth in Religious Education.
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The Dialogue Australia Network will conduct its 2020 Conference at Melbourne Grammar School (Domain Intersection) on 27 – 29 March 2020. The focus of the conference will be the teaching of Ethics in schools and curriculum engagement.
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