Public education should be secular and should favour no religion over another. This principle protects religious students most of all.
My desire to see a fair and appropriate system for religious education in schools was why I watched the recent inquiry into scripture and ethics classes with interest (Science Party policy is to add Ethics to the curriculum and move any SRE classes outside of regular class time).
Two-and-a-half years and $300 million taxpayer dollars later, the inquiry is nearly over. Sorry for not following up on my previous blog posts for so long. At least I didn't stall for as long as the department did. Hah.Read more
It's the first of the month, which means it's freedom of information (FOI) request time!
Late last year I made an FOI request to the NSW Department of Education, seeking the status of the Review of Special Religious Education and Special Education in Ethics in NSW government schools. This review was opened for public comment in mid-2015. A costly independent report was commissioned shortly after, and it was received in March 2016. In November, I asked the how the report was coming along.
It's not.Read more
Well, I got my answer. There are currently no plans to release the findings of the review into Special Religious Education and Ethics classes in NSW schools.Read more
Remember the Review of Special Religious Education and Special Education in Ethics in NSW government schools? No, no one does, because we haven't heard a thing about it since the middle of last year. So I asked the NSW Department of Education for an update.