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Religion in education

Posted by Garry Collins, ETAQ Immediate Past President on 6 May 2015

Members interested in the topic of religion in education might be interested in the conference outlined below. John Carr, one of the convenors, is a former president of ETAQ.

SoFiA, the name of the organization, = Sea of Faith in Australia. Though not at all religious myself, I will be attending and conducting a workshop on NAPLAN and My School.

Garry Collins, ETAQ Immediate Past President

SoFiA Conference: Religion in Education

A conference exploring issues relating to the role of religion in education in Australia will be held at Twin Towns, Coolangatta, 22 to 24 May 2015. Religion, unfortunately, is becoming an increasingly divisive force in Australian life.

Everyone agrees with the adage 'Education is the answer' but the educational role played by religions and their many denominations, being sectarian, is sometimes part of the problem. What most Australian children and young people lack is access to wider, more objective courses on religion and religions.

For more information, see http://www.sof-in-australia.org/ or contact: johncarr@ozemail.com.au

Author: Garry Collins, ETAQ Immediate Past President
About: Garry Collins was ETAQ President from mid July 2005 to 15 March 2014. He taught English in state high schools for around 35 years and now tutors in English curriculum courses in the School of Education at the University of Queensland.
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