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So, I am a person who had RI in school. Nothing was pushed.. We asked questions. We talked at times with our parents who agreed or disagreed with what we were taught but there was balance. We thought, thought, thought! There was no blind acceptance. Yes it was one world view. So we got to choose what we believed. We had something to compare secularism with. No-one got hurt and in fact many had a starting point. It was a different world I guess and I think a lot more respectful.
What I want to know is where is this hostility coming from? Come on. Is it really about secularism vs faith or an aggressive hatred of Christianity. A blind faith in atheism that allows no other world view perhaps. A brainwashing perhaps by Krause and Hawkings? Can they prove there is no God? No more than a Jew/Christian/Moslem can prove there is one. So...let's just respect and allow hey?
In teaching right from wrong, to be honest, to work hard, to help people, to love yourself and others - are you kidding - of course we need this kind of programs in schools. Where have you been teaching that these kinds of things are not needed? Teaching RI is a hard, hard gig. The people come in to try to share love, peace and joy and meaning but are faced with sometimes outright aggression. One post mentioned 20% of the children's parents wanting RI, and 30 minutes per week. Really, and you can't deliver that for 20% of the kids? You can't schedule 30 minutes? And BTW this nation has a Christian heritage right? That's historically why RI has been present in school. If we had been Jewish, Buddhist, Islamic it might have been different.
I truly don't understand the anger. There are hypocrites in every belief system and hell, I think I'm one - just trying to live up to a standard and failing makes me human.
It can go all the way up to year 10 before it actually becomes "Religious Studies". Prior to that, it's pushing one agenda over others.
I was going to write a long reply to this thread until I read Diana's response.....she has expressed the situation perfectly and I can therefore only add 'I agree'. By the way as a male principal I have worked with and for a wonderful female principal who led the school community brilliantly and embraced all staff irrespective of gender. I also had the unfortunate experience of working for another female principal who was totally inadequate in so many ways, least of all her inability to accept that any criticism of her was due to her lack of skill, insight, empathy or courage. It had absolutely nothing to do with her reproductive organs. My opinion, quite simply is that many women do not see principalship as something to aspire to as they recognise that it is often a thankless job and they are smart enough to not put their hands up for it. I think the glass ceiling analogy not accurate in this instance. I have had 3 wonderful female AP's and not one of them saw my position as something they wanted to take on.
I am not sure what is happening in the eastern states however in South Australia the situation is quite different. After a quick calculation of primary schools there are 220 female principals to 140 male principals. In the secondary schools In the secondary schools we have 34 women principals and 31 male principals. And I didn't count all the special services, the r-12 schools etc.
From my point of view being a principal of a school is a honour, its interesting because you can drive change and make a difference. After leading 4 secondary schools I advise you to stop worrying about the bureaucratic demands and settle them as best you can with your school in mind. As they say, you can only get done what gets done. Policy is settled at the site and that may mean you end up with something different and maybe better. Enjoy.
Paul Geyer, CEO of Principals Australia Institute talks about social and emotional learning.
Before committing to a new learning management system, or LMS, schools have some serious homework to do.