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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 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.
As a female principal of a large complex secondary school I do not think the imbalance is due to anything sinister. I was appointed as a principal at the relatively young age of 37 and the principals of the surrounding secondary schools were all male. Both my supervisor and these local principals were male and they were all incredibly supportive of me. Post my appointment I have found it to be other females who have often been the people who have made my life difficult - including another female principal who conducted email conversations with members of my staff about my personal life. I get really tired of hearing people speak of the imbalance. In my experience, people are promoted as they are the best people for the job not because of their gender and that is exactly the way it should be.
The bigger issue in education at the moment is the horrendous abuse principals are subjected to without consequence both at work and via the Internet. Much of this abuse is totally unreasonable and based on lies designed to humiliate and break a person's confidence. It is this that will likely cause more females to walk away from the profession. I have been accused of being on a power trip because I expect certain standards at the school I work in. The Education Act actually states that a person should not direct offensive comments at a staff member in the presence of a student!! The implication is that it is fine to do this if a student is not present. Unbelievable.
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