Reforming religious education

Reform is a fascinating word. At its simplest, the word means to make changes to something in order to improve it. This is exactly the quest of the Welsh government as it endeavours to reform Religious Education in its classrooms in a bid to help protect young people from extremists. At the heart of this reform is a change of name for the subject. A recent ITV news article explains that Huw Lewis, Minister for Education and Skills in the Welsh Government believe that effective teaching of a subject he has titled ‘Religion, Philosophy and Ethics’ could equip young people in Wales with a level of knowledge and understanding that means they would not be vulnerable to extremists.

Reform is fascinating word because it is often used without any attributing value or scale. Let me give an example. Martin Luther King Jr established reform...

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