Page 2, 13th May 1977

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Page 2, 13th May 1977 — Warning on religious education

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Warning on religious education

1—From a 1 Special Correspondent

IF religious education becomes a mere cornparison between Christian and non-religious ideas, children could end up believing in nothing at all, according to the Scottish Catholic Education Committee.

Such an approach would be confusing, and pupils could easily conclude there was a lack of confidence in the Christian religion.

"The price to be paid in making a curriculum mean something for everyone is that it can be made to mean what one likes," says the cornmission.

"We do not share the view that religious education should be reduced to an exhibition of religious material on a variety of stalls supervised by one attendant whose only function is to impart information about the articles displayed." The commission thinks there should be an alternative curriculum for pupils of committed Christian parents which would involve committed Christian teachers.

"Surely for Christians the Bible is unique and not just a history book or text book? And should the views of parents not be sought about Christian education in the scheme of religious education?"

The commission, which is composed of leading Catholics from all fields of education in Scotland, has sent its comments

to the Government on a draft report, "ThePrinciples and Basis of Religious Education," prepared by the Scottish Education Department's Central Committee on Religious Education.

• Dr Rhodes Boyson, MP, was among the principal speakers at a conference on the role of Education at Digby Stuart College, Roehampton, last week.

The conference attracted 300 representatives from secondary and tertiary education, social services, industry and politics but was boycotted by the college's student Students' Union in protest at Dr Boyson's presence.

The union claimed that Mr Boyson was one of the leading opponents of the student movement's policy on education.

At the conference Dr Boyson said that literacy and numeracy at every level of education was essential, together with a proper respect for working relationships within the school and community.

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