The trial of secular ethics classes in NSW schools, as an optional alternative to scripture classes, has now concluded. The trial involved ten primary schools and about 500 students. We can read the whole report here. There'll be further public consultation, which will doubtless involve more attempts by the churches to torpedo the whole thing. Meanwhile, the Minister says:
The independent evaluation found high levels of engagement among students when discussing ethical issues and that it enabled them to discuss and understand the principles of ethical decision-making.
It also found that the course met the aim of introducing students to the language and nature of ethics and ethical issues.
Overall it's a positive report which makes a number of recommendations to be considered if the course is approved.
I look forward to reading the report and to a positive outcome in implementing its recommendations.