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Schools for Thought

Summary

Should ethics be offered to school students as an alternative to Religious Instruction or Scripture Classes? When public schools offer scripture classes students who opt out may sit idle. Should those children be offered a secular alternative? The issue has come to a head in NSW where the Education Minister has been presented with a proposal by the St James Ethics Centre to trial an ethics-based complement to scripture in ten NSW primary schools. Compass examines the debate about religious education, by turning up for class for the NSW pilot ethics program. Compass also visits schools, one public and one faith-based, in other states where the study of ethics and philosophy are already on offer.

Story producer: Deborah Boerne

Story researcher: Jeannine Baker & Kim Akhurst

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