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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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Just to follow the crowd (I'm good at being a sheep) I have decided to share my... experiences of school.

Maths looks like it might be alright. It would have been easier to do the holiday homework, however, if I actually had the answers. That way, I might know what I did wrong. Yes, I was doing ALL the tests from the rest of the year. The teacher also omitted to give me the formulae booklet, and the Exam. I think I'm actually going to <shudder> have to *talk* to her... </shudder>

Music I might just do alright in. The composition should be easy enough, even if he does never let us near the Macs... the problem being that it's easier to compose onto them than onto paper. Oh well. 

English   Well... having not read the book. Actually, this was a terribly boring lesson. And generally, I've *liked* English. Let's just say that it was very dissapointing. He didn't even want to talk to me about my World Lit topic! It makes me wonder if he's actually given up, or if he figured that if I had *anything* it was better than ... half the class? Odd people. I can't believe that no-one else wanted the peasants. After ALL the work we did on them!

French was good today, although I can tell you now that I'll be over the moons of Jupiter if I actually get anything over a 3, and I'll be dancing of I get even that.

Psychology  almost looks manageable. The teacher... makes me homicidal. This is rather a rare occurance, and therefore possibly something to be feared. I'm trying to concoct a nice, extreme, but believeable story as to *Why I Did Not Do My Stroop Report* ... I was trying to figure out wether the Rialto hired out the 25th floor? I was researching *Strop* not *Stroop*... um, I was too busy trying not to throw up... the volcano which was pugging steam was scaring me... my notes were sent to New Guinea by mistake... I was afraid of dying by humanitarian mudpool 

Chem I love my teacher. No more gender dependant explanations of things such as atomic structure and ionic bonding, however I'm sure there will be more to look forward to.

EE might just go well. Then again, it could all go down the drain. I'm thinking subheadings are the way to go here.



On another note, I'm sick of the IB girls complaining about how much work they have. Get over it. You chose to do IB, no? I'm sick of th VCE girls complaining about the IB girls. Half of us are decent? I'm sick of the teachers who refuse to recognise something as basic as EATING LUNCH as a right, it too, like our freedom of speach, has been redefined as a right. I'm sick of listening to myself complain. Good. I'm done.

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