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The debate around Special Religious Instruction (SRI) in state schools has been very heated the last week, on a number of points.
That if approached, a primary school must accept SRI for 30 minutes per class per week, and children have to be specifically unenrolled, rather than opting in.
The SRI offered is not "religious education" of the type where you lean about all sorts of different religions, but where you learn about the volunteer's religion specifically. 
96% of SRI is provided by Access Ministries, which now receives government funding (RAGE). To be a SRI 'teacher' for AM, you need a Working With Children check, and to attend a one-day training session. (The funding is to improve the training)
To provide SRI, you need to be a religious organisation, so ethics and humanist groups can't provide 'values' courses. 


My RE experiences )


I would support SRI in state primary schools if it taught about different religions, rather than just the one (so, the way RE was run in senior school). 
The idea that it is only religion from where you get ethics and morals is baloney, and if that is what they are trying to teach, then an ethics class (as people in NSW tried to make happen) would be more appropriate.
I can understand learning about Christianity in a social and political context, but that is not what is being covered either. 

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