Where do YOU draw the line? Many people say this generation of students is the most ethically alert and aware body of thinkers. The room comes alive when we have class discussions about abortion, war, euthanasia, cloning and many other contentious issues.
Imagine a subject which could take you to faraway cultures, to times past and to other worlds: that is what we do! Welcome to the most exciting subject in the world - this one at least!
Religious Education is the academic study of some of the most powerful, inspirational and emotive ideas in human history. A major component of what it means to be human is to 'believe'. In RE, we discuss these ideas, where they come from and how they influence and structure believers’ lives. Thinking about these issues makes our pupils more focused, analytical and skilful in both debate and research.
We want our pupils to be articulate about what they believe; we want their opinions to be backed up by solid academic knowledge. We have, at the same time, a completely unique, intellectual identity - teaching and reinforcing the intellectual skills that make many of our students successful applicants to law, journalism and a host of competitive and demanding careers.
Pause for Thought - Whole School assembly readings
Mr Clements' ‘Pause for Thought’ articles have been viewed more than 30,000 times on TES. See his latest reading below.
Socially Progressive Welsh Assembly
Over the past two years, there has been a sense of growing dissatisfaction with many about our political system. The controversy about Brexit has created a cynicism and a lack of trust based on the assumption that those with power are more concerned with advancing their partial interests and private affections; as opposed to helping those whom they are meant to serve.
There is however part of the United Kingdom which offers a real contrast to the spirit of cynicism and that is in the radical and, I believe, totally admirable Welsh National Assembly. Gavin Haines recently wrote about how the Welsh Assembly has passed a series of laws making Wales one of the most socially progressive parts of the United Kingdom and one of these developments is the creation of Future Generations Commissioner for Wales.
This means that the Welsh Assembly has appointed somebody whose job it is to ask difficult and demanding questions about the long-term cultural, social, economic and environmental well-being footprint of the decisions made in a way which is totally independent of party politics. This concern with the wider picture and a longer time frame is admirable and as Nikhil Seth, then the United Nations Commissioner for Sustainable Development said, they hope that what Wales is doing today, the world will do tomorrow.
You could argue that the questions this commissioner will ask cannot realistically be answered with accuracy and confidence, but the fact that we are asking these questions shows that, at the very least, we are thinking about the right kind of approach. I find this thoughtful and wise view very reassuring and I wonder in my own life, would I benefit from asking what are the longer term impact of my actions, who could eventually be affected by my decisions, my purchases and my life online? These may not be comfortable or easy questions but as the Welsh Assembly is teaching us, they are vital for the future.
We would be grateful for your views.
Mr B Clements
Teacher of EAL