One of the strengths of the English system is that religious education has morphed into a subject where the various beliefs and practices of the world’s great religions are explained to students. The separation of church and state prevents this from happening in many countries but my view is that this type of curriculum fosters intercultural understanding.
Imagine a religious education teacher in an English school explaining the concept of the holy trinity to students. Is it a fact that many Christians believe in the holy trinity? Yes. Is it a fact that the trinity consists of the father, the son and the Holy Spirit? Yes. Is the holy trinity a fact? That’s a matter of opinion. Can students appreciate the difference between these things? Of course.
An interesting aspect of the ‘student-centred’ or ‘progressive’ philosophy of education is that many teachers don’t even recognise that it is a philosophy…
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