Instead of religious instruction


   Secular applied ethics beats dogmatic religion in every way at school.

   Ethics asks the Question “What ought I to do?” and it is what regular teachers subconsciously impart all the time at school. Furthermore the new technique of “traffic light” discs makes it possible to conduct an enjoyable ethics discussion in a classroom with children as young as three-and-a-half years of age!

   Now use the button, Children’s ethics course, in the Top Menu.

Harry Gardner

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2 Responses to Teaching ethics at school

  1. Harry Gardner, Melbourne says:

    On 17 May Natalie replied: I second the notion of Joe Pickin – please do some good scientific surveying of parent and teacher attitudes and/or set up a petition. I’m a teacher in a state primary school that runs CRE through Access Ministries. I won’t go into the details of the hideousness of what I witness every week, but I beseech you to ask around. I don’t feel I have a voice on the issue, and I would LOVE one.

    I chose to work in a state school, and not a religious one, with intention. Whey then, is my class of young impressionable minds being taught to believe in God and Jesus and the Bible? Here I am trying to teach critical thinking skills, and there they are teaching faith and to believe what they are told because they’re being told it. Please help. I am certain there are many, many more teachers out there who on the face of it welcome the CRE teachers each week because we are decent human beings, but DO NOT agree with their being there.

  2. hgardner says:

    Our reader Joe Picken wrote Re. religion in schools, surely the issue of what is logical and fair is secondary to people’s opinions. If research was able to demonstrate that a majority, or a substantial minority, were dissatisfied with the current arrangements then the department would have to act. Have you thought of running a petition? Or selling the department the idea of commissioning some research on parent attitudes?

    Answer: “Yes, Joe Picken. We have data from 140 parents of one school, which showed that only 44% wanted CRE and the remainder were divided between general religious education, values based education, no religious education. This survey was sent in a long letter to all primary school councils and interested parties. The Education Department has a copy and its CRE provider has answered it on, together with several times in the media (e.g. and also on its website from time to time.

    “Currently we are looking at drafting a wider community survey.” – HSV

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