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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.
You conflate a number of issues and assume an unwarranted superiority.
Your first paragraph means what, precisely ? How is it relevant to the conversation? It is just a posture, an attempt to declare moral superiority. Please understand what you are writing.
You assert that we are all spiritual beings and that may not be validly denied or discussed. There you state your values. The values of an oppressor. The values of a dictator. This is quite common among religions.
Mind is the construct of the body and brain awhile spirit is the creation of the mind. Spirit has no existence other that a usefully obscure term for how we feel about things. You disagree so you would deny my very existence, my "validity". How are you not a danger to people who do not think like you?
Why do I think people are "flocking" to ISIS (they are not but there are some)? Not because they are secular or atheist, that much is certain. Yes, religion is doing this. Not secularism and certainly not atheism. FWIW there are studies out there that show the secular and the atheist (separate things) to be least violent or primal of any other studied group.
If it were on my dollar I would have Atheism taught. On your dollar Christianity, on others, Hinduism, Jainism etc. ad nauseam. That is why the only fair and legitimate thing is that the public arena be secular. Anything else will always oppress someone.
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.
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