Skip to comments.Schools told to put witchcraft and druids on religious ed syllabus (Cornwall, UK)
Posted on 04/18/2012 12:19:24 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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 Cornwalls 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.
The syllabus adds that areas of study should include the importance of pre-Christian sites for modern pagans.
But the councils initiative has dismayed some Christian campaigners, who are alarmed that a religion once regarded as a fringe eccentricity is increasingly gaining official recognition.
Critics point out that according to the councils own estimates there are only between 600 and 750 pagans in Cornwall out of a total population of 537,400.
Mike Judge, Christian Institute spokesman, said: Religious education is squeezed alreadytheres barely enough time to cover Christianity and the other major religions. Introducing paganism is just faddish and has more to do with the political correctness of teachers than the educational needs of children.
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Why go to hell when the educational system can bring it to you . . . ?
And after double maths it will be paganism: Schools told to put witchcraft and druids on RE syllabus
If they put Harry Potter on the reading list, it will be the most oversubscribed course in the school.
I’ve got no problem with this at all - Britain has been pagan a lot longer than it has so far been christian.
As long as children are taught about it objectively as the belief system that christianity replaced, then knowledge is a good thing.
I teach a Harry Potter lit class and it is quite popular. I also teach to my Brit lit students Druids, paganism, animism, ect. These topics have a major role in early British literature.
I always liked Batman better.....will they be teaching Batman or just keep that course to liberal arts colleges?
But don’t use the word “divorce”, or it might scare the children.
do you teach them that literature that holds that "knowledge puffs up"?
True, but the current inhabitants haven't been. What they will be teaching is neo paganism - "new age" and "wicca" and that kind of stuff. It has to be that way because very little is definitively known about ancient british pagan beliefs. The druids didn't leave any written records of their belief systems, forms of worship and ceremonies. The only people who did were the Romans, who loathed them, and can therefore hardly be expected to be impartial observers. As long as children are taught about it objectively as the belief system that christianity replaced, then knowledge is a good thing.
And what would be the chances of that happening?
“And what would be the chances of that happening?”
Pretty good I’d say! :)
I live on the Isle of Wight, the last part of England to ‘convert’ to Christianity as recently as 686AD when King Caedwalla sent an army over to slaughter every last islander for the sin of paganism. When every last man, woman and child had been slain in the name of Christ, the conversion was complete. If they can teach that, they can teach anything.