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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 09:38 PM

www.dailymail.co.uk said:

Paganism has been included in an official school religious education syllabus for the first time.

Cornwall Council has told its schools that pagan beliefs, which include witchcraft, druidism and the worship of ancient gods such as Thor, should be taught alongside Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

The requirements are spelled out in an agreed syllabus drawn up by Cornwall’s RE advisory group.

It says that from the age of five, children should begin learning about standing stones, such as Stonehenge. At the age of 11, pupils can begin exploring ‘modern paganism and its importance for many in Cornwall’.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 10:44 PM

Cool, I always enjoyed learning about pagan religions as a kid more than the Abrahamic ones.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 11:15 PM

And why not? It's one of the most enduring religions, and an important part of history.


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Posted 15 April 2012 - 12:30 AM

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:51 AM

As long as it is done strictly for education then I think other beliefs should be mentioned.


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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:13 AM

R.E should include all forms of religion. I wonder what the Cathlic schools will have to say about it.
One snip from the article would have us believe that christainity was here first.

''But the council’s initiative has dismayed some Christian campaigners, who  are alarmed that a religion once regarded as a fringe eccentricity is  increasingly gaining official recognition.''

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 03:36 AM

I don't think any religions should be taught about in schools... but if they're going to be I'm glad pagan religions made the cut


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Posted 15 April 2012 - 03:47 AM

Since religions have been a very formative part of the human experience I see no problem at all with this course.  I'd like to learn about it myself.  It's interesting to see how mankind's understanding of God has changed over time.  The most important lesson as I see it is that man HAS always looked for God, feeling He exists but not knowing how to make contact in an intimate way.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:38 AM

View Postand then, on 15 April 2012 - 03:47 AM, said:

Since religions have been a very formative part of the human experience I see no problem at all with this course.  I'd like to learn about it myself.  It's interesting to see how mankind's understanding of God has changed over time.  The most important lesson as I see it is that man HAS always looked for God, feeling He exists but not knowing how to make contact in an intimate way.

I agree, but beside somebody belief or cultural background or traditional heritage. Its positive, becuase it gives insight in the actual culture. And how culture has evolved. And that gives also a better insight in ancient history, about hows and why the behaved in a precise manner and did what they did.  :)

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 04:49 PM

thats awesome-i think if you are going to teach about religion, it should be all religions :) paganism doesnt get as much recognition as the others do, and theres so many misconceptions about it

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 04:54 PM

Pity they didn't do this years ago

View PostEnglishgent, on 15 April 2012 - 02:13 AM, said:

I wonder what the Cathlic schools will have to say about it.




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Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:14 PM

That's good to hear ~ Catholics schools educate the kids on most religions, so let's hope they are fair to our Pagan friends :innocent:

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:33 PM

I wonder when will Roman polytheism get into school?
I want to believe in Jupiter and Minerva! :w00t:

Personally Im glad that Ceaser stop druidism. I never liked religions which involve human sacrifice.


Sorry but this is BS.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:56 PM

View PostMelo, on 15 April 2012 - 07:33 PM, said:

I wonder when will Roman polytheism get into school?
I want to believe in Jupiter and Minerva! :w00t:

Personally Im glad that Ceaser stop druidism. I never liked religions which involve human sacrifice.


Sorry but this is BS.

It gets in early, via Literature and World History.

I am quite pleased that Paganism will be included .




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Posted 16 April 2012 - 09:46 AM

View PostEnglishgent, on 15 April 2012 - 02:13 AM, said:

I wonder what the Cathlic schools will have to say about it.
Well they'll say (if the Australian ones are anything to go by) "any aspect of that Pagan belief or just the belief system in general?" Because as part of RE lesson we do explore other faiths.





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