Here's the document that I received from the Onehunga Primary School principal--what's taught in religious instruction here. I apologize for the unwieldy format, that's all I have! Comments welcome. ...
New to this issue with a Y2 child in Onehunga Primary School, who came home with the newsletter including a note about "Christian Values Programme" and the request that, should we want to opt out, do so in writing. Upon my request the principal left me a copy of the programme called "Life focus: A values programme for State Primary Schools", published by Churches Education Commission. Is that what 'instructors' (missionaries) in other schools are teaching? Together with several other equally concerned parents, I'm trying to plan our way through how to fight it. ...
Following a few threads on here I'm wondering if anyone knows a TV journalist who is already skeptical about RI or would be open about willing to genuinely investigate it. (I don't know his views on religion but imagine Nigel Latta might do it, but is really hard to get access to!).
I have this scenario in my head where either:
(a) a journalist goes undercover to observe RI in schools and reports on what they see being taught [obviously wouldn't work for Nigel as too well known].
(b)Someone could take advantage of the opportunity to train up in areas where there is a shortage of these RI "volunteers" and show what they're really learning?
(c) journalist/TV crew approach people in the street with some excerpts from the RI 'curriculum' and ask what they think of it. Would they want their child learning those things etc? I'd be willing to bet that it would be pretty easy to stir up some of the same outrage as there is about teaching 'sex ed' in our schools or teaching Primary School children about Keeping Ourselves Safe.
I'd really love to try and convince people that the Muslim community wanted to come into our schools and teach "values" and see the uproar before revealing that they aren't but Christians already do it....However, I can't bring myself to do that having grown up in the Middle East and having respect for Muslim people I wouldn't want to see them persecuted.
What do people think? (This is the activist part of me thinking here. The Comms person in me isn't quite sure if it'd work!) ...
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