RSA President Dr Meredith Doig welcomed more general religious education in Australian schools today but warned that indoctrination, in the form of Special Religious Instruction (SRI), is not on.
Dr Doig was being interviewed on ABC about the announcement of a review of the National Curriculum.
The review has all the hallmarks of another of culture war. The last one was about history; now we’re likely to suffer a prolonged and most likely bitter debate about education. And it’s unnecessary, given that the ACARA national curriculum is the result of six years of careful consultation with State Governments and their Education Departments, education professionals, classroom teachers and the public.
All State Ministers of Education signed up to the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians. Goals like:
- Promoting equity and excellence
- Ensuring all young Australians become successful learners, confident and creative, and active, informed citizens.
What’s wrong with that??