Navigating the complex world of faith is one of the most important challenges young people face. RE should reflect a globalised world, with a growing diversity of beliefs and practicesby John Hall / September 10, 2018 / Leave a comment
The last time a major step change in Religious Education took place, the world watched in awe at the prospect of a man walking on the moon for the first time, eagerly anticipating the discovery of new forms of life and cultures on a new frontier. Back down on earth, however, minority ethnic communities were fighting for liberties and civil rights, while war raged in Vietnam.
Looking back, it’s easy to wonder whether more effort should have been put into understanding the different outlooks and cultures and promoting harmony among the diverse communities on terra-firma, instead of a search for new ones in outer space.
Since becoming a core part of the British education system in 1870, reasserted in 1944, and the subsequent introduction of other world religions beyond Christianity in the 1960s and 70s, Religious Education in England has evolved significantly. Indeed, the subject bears little resemblance to the one that many people over a certain age will remember from their school days.
Yet Religious Education remains more relevant than ever. Navigating the complex world of religion and belief is one of the most important challenges young people face in the modern world.
Every day they are exposed to the main traditions of faith and belief as well as a wide variety of worldviews through the media, online, and in daily social interactions, whether i…