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First ever Primary religious curriculum launched by Bishops

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 29/09/2015. First ever Primary religious curriculum launched by BishopsTags: Education And Politics Religion

Bishops in Ireland are asking parents to get more involved with religious education and help kids learn about Catholic teachings. They have launched their own education programme entitled 'Grow In Love' for junior and senior infant pupils in Catholic schools across Ireland.

At the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference this week, and a first in history of primary religious education, teachers have been offered a structured outline of religious education as an academic discipline.

According to their site, the curriculum will come with 'Grow In Love' textbooks that parents can help with homework.

Speaking at the launch, Bishop Brendan Leahy said:

“Teachers, school principals and staff contribute very much to religious education in Ireland. Indeed, I want to express the gratitude of the Bishops for all they do so professionally and with commitment. Many of us remember with fondness our primary school teachers, grateful in many cases for their care and heart-felt engagement with us in our religious education.

I think of interesting discussions that opened up for us with our teachers around religious themes.

But we cannot outsource education in Christian faith to teachers alone. Family involvement is crucial.”

Bishop Leahy also added that the program has been created so parents can get involved and that ‘children have a right to be helped to articulate the religious sense they feel deep within them.’

For more on the conference and curriculum click here



(09-10-2015 12:41)

Many of us remember religion being 'terrorised' into us! And not always by our teachers. This terror associated religion with fear and dread- and something to be avoided as soon as we could. The current 'softly, softly catchee monkee' approach as an acknowledgment of the abject failure of 'old-time religion.'

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