'One size fits all' approach to RE studies is no substitute for diversity of patronage
Published 09/12/2015 | 02:30
It is difficult to know what the problem is that the proposed primary curriculum subject 'Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB), and Ethics' is meant to solve.
Is it about inclusion? If so, it seems it's not going to work.
The recent case in Castletroy College, Limerick is salutary in this regard. Parents took their child out of a post-primary first year religion programme similar to the new course the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) wants to introduce to primary schools. The course wasn't faith formation, but the parents still wanted an exemption, and were entitled to it.