Keeping Faith in Religious Education – Livestream (full)
A special live edition of ‘A Question of Faith’ on the NCCA proposal to introduce non-faith based approach to RE in all primary schools.
Livestream – 14th March 2016 @ 8pm
On Monday 14th March at 8pm iCatholic hosted a live panel discussion about a proposal to introduce Education about Religions and Beliefs and Ethics into the Primary School Curriculum otherwise known as ERB and Ethics. This undoubtedly presents very serious challenges for Catholic primary schools and for all faith schools.
ERB does not nurture the belief or practice of any one religion. Its secular approach is at odds with that of a Catholic school where the Catholic faith is embraced. A faith school is defined by its faith whereas the ERB proposal very clearly puts no faith in religion. We can anticipate the difficulty for a Catholic child learning about religion in these two very, very different ways.
If the ERB proposal goes ahead unchecked, many believe that the identity and integrity of our faith schools will be seriously undermined.
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The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) are conducting a public consultation about proposals for a curriculum in Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and Ethics. The NCCA published a consultation paper in November 2015 and have invited submissions by March 30th.
Written submissions can be sent to:
Education about Religions and Beliefs and Ethics Consultation,
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment,
35 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2