Ending mandatory religious classes


Joanne McCarthy reported last week that New South Wales teachers are planning to campaign for an end to compulsory scripture classes. It makes sense, Australia is one of the world’s least-religious countries.

But this is my favourite part, emphasis added:

Special religious education (SRE) is mandatory for 40 minutes per week, and students who opt out are not allowed to do any meaningful activity during that period.

The rules perhaps say more than were intended.

Religion was my favourite class when my sister and I grew up in Melbourne; I got to sit in the spare room with the Apple IIs and Commodores.

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