Sunday 22 October 2017

Let's encourage children to share ideas about world religions

Through a child’s reflection on their own beliefs and values, and on those of others, they can grow in respect for themselves and others
Through a child’s reflection on their own beliefs and values, and on those of others, they can grow in respect for themselves and others

Patrick Sullivan

What should children learn at school? How long should they spend learning it? And for what purpose? These are the questions that underpin debates about curriculum across the world. In Ireland, these debates tend to be dominated by the post-primary sector and debates about primary curriculum are rarer, or at least, much quieter.

In recent years, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) has contributed significantly to those debates, and to those questions. The development of Aistear - the early childhood curriculum framework, sets a new direction for the experiences of children in infant classrooms.

The recently completed integrated language curriculum breaks new ground in connecting children's language learning across their first, second and other language contexts. The proposed new curriculum in Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and ethics programme breaks further new ground in primary education.

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