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It’s scripture in school time again!

By PickedANickname 16 November 2011 62

To get it out of the way, I do not support any scripture in schools. I feel that religion is a personal choice and something that is managed by a family, not taught by random strangers at a public school.

I am curious to know how other schools in the ACT run the program.

The one my child attends puts a small notice in the newsletter and then hides an OPT-OUT permission slip in the back.

I don’t feel that I am provided enough information about the program. There are no offers to view the materials that will be used and I see it as quite deceptive to bury the non-consent note deep within a newsletter.

This is from the DET website:

4.3.6 The principal must ensure that the only children who attend the religious education program are those whose parents have consented to their attendance.

I don’t think you can ensure parents have given consent when it is a case of implied consent.  Why are all other permission notes are sent separately with return dates seeking explicit consent, but not scripture lessons.

I have heard the Amaroo has an opt-in program. So I know that there are other ways to handle this issue of consent.

We are seeking a meeting with the principal to discuss this but it would good to know what other schools do or how other parents in the community feel.

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Jethro 2:47 pm 17 Nov 11

lore said :

Thoroughly Smashed said :

lore said :

I was never told by a teacher […] that being gay was a bad thing.

You can bet your bottom dollar that you would have been if you were gay.

I can’t speak for everyone, but there was quite a few lesbians in my year. Some of my best friends were (openly) gay at school, and nothing was ever said to them by the teachers or any member of staff.

I don’t think it is so much the individual teachers, most of whom are probably working there because it is a job, not because they are particularly religious themselves. It is more the school leadership group (ie. school board and directors, etc).

I know of one Chrisitian school that banned the school’s Amnesty International club after Amnesty came out in support of women’s reproductive rights. The teachers were appalled, but had no choice but to enforce this rule from the top.

Jurls 2:18 pm 17 Nov 11

I told my DH about this and he was most unhappy as he doesn’t believe scripture has a place in public schools. Anyway, I googled and found to my surprise a newsletter belonging to a primary school which mentions scripture with an opt out form hidden at the back, exactly as the OP describes.

I was actually quite surprised about this, as the website of my local primary school states that “Due to Departmental Policy, no ACT schools are able to place newsletters on their websites.” I wonder if it’s the same school and if they just not up on their departmental policies?

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