Religious education in NSW schools ‘inappropriate’ but government vows support

A long-awaited review of the scripture and ethics programs was released on Wednesday, more than a year after it was handed to government.

It recommended that the default position of secondary school enrolment in scripture be changed, meaning parents would opt their children in, rather than having to opt them out. That recommendation was rejected by the government.

. . . the review identified concerning examples of inappropriate content being taught to children. That included a teacher workbook that contained “negative passages about abortion”, described cancer as a “consequence of sin and a gift from God”, and said people should “die for their faith, if necessary”. “The text also contained messages about sex education, which is not appropriate or the role of [special
religious education],” the review found.

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