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An electronic journal for leaders in education
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Religion and the curriculum

Ted Witham
President, Australian Association for Religious Education Inc. (AARE) Email: twitham@graduate.uwa.edu.au
We educators regard the eight key learning areas in our curriculum frameworks as a given, and forget that it is an arbitrary list, an approximate attempt at headings for all we think children should learn at school. The article calls for more attention to the critical study of religion; both in natural inclusion in SOSE and as a ninth learning area. It is vital in the post 9/11 world to understand the faith and motivations of people next door or around the globe. Those people promoting a greater inclusion of religion in the school curriculum need to convince the community both that religion has a place in a public school curriculum, and also that it should be a separate learning area.

Subject Headings

Social life and customs
Religious education
Education policy
Curriculum planning