Challenges of Teaching Religious Education

Danielle Anne Lynch

I will outline what I think are three of the biggest challenges of teaching Religious Education. There are, of course, many challenges to being a teacher that are not specifically related to the subject, and I will try to avoid these as much as possible as they are not unique. I am also aware that some of the challenges I say are challenges of being an RE teacher can also be challenges in other subjects.

Challenge 1: Challenging Misconceptions

The specific challenges of the breed of teachers of religion, under whatever name it assumes in any particular school, are, I believe, often to do with misconception. This ranges from the superficial to the super-important. Having just moved half-way around the globe, I am encountering lots of new people. I find that first impressions are often coloured by whether they get round to asking what I do for a living. For example…

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