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Monday, November 22, 2010

Ethics classes to go ahead

See this story in The Sydney Morning Herald. Sample:

PARENTS will have the right to ethics classes as an alternative to scripture in their child's school even if the principal and the majority of the school community opposes them.

The state cabinet is expected to approve the introduction of ethics classes to primary schools today after a successful trial this year. They will begin as early as term one next year.

While the classes will be voluntary for schools, the Herald has confirmed that parents who want their children to attend the classes will be able to appeal to the Education Department if the principal opposes them.

As long as the St James Ethics Centre, which will run the classes, is able to provide volunteers and there is a reasonable number of children to attend them, the department will ensure they are offered.

Students in years 5 and 6 are likely to be the first to be offered the classes, because they are the years in which the trial was run. Eventually classes will be offered in years K-6.

1 comment:

Deepak Shetty said...

The equivalent for us in a Jesuit School in India was Moral Sciences (The Catholics had to go for Religion Class).
The best Moral Science class was taught by a Jesuit priest (with no reference to any religion!).