Students are far more understanding of their religious peers if they attend classes about religious diversity.
Australian society is made up of people from different backgrounds and faiths. Teaching school children about religious diversity and traditions makes them more tolerant of religious minorities.
Many teachers believe that fundamentalists are not really religious, but have just misinterpreted their holy books.
‘No religion’ doesn’t mean atheism for a start.
Pupils would be able to explore the complex worldviews and practices of people who do not identify with a religion.
Students at a madrasa in the Assaba region of southern Mauritania in May 2014.
Madrasas, or Islam-centered schools, have long spread knowledge and literacy throughout the Muslim world. However, can they prepare students for today's tech-based economies?
Throughout Australian history, the Bible has been used by those both asserting colonial power and subverting it, as a tool of oppression and as an instrument of justice.
A new book explores the complex and nuanced place the Bible has held in Australian culture since hundreds of copies arrived with the First Fleet in 1787.
Global faith organisations are working to end violence against children.
A groundbreaking High Court ruling outlawing the spanking of children in South Africa has outraged some Christian bodies that claim parents are entitled to hit their children in a "godly way".
The National School Chaplaincy Program, introduced in 2007, is available in more than 3,000 Australian schools.
Religious education offered in Australian state schools has variations in the quality of delivery and limited provisions for the students who opt out.
Why do so many state constitutions have provisions precluding funding for religious schools?
A number of state constitutions have clauses restricting state funding for religious schools. Some of these go back to an amendment proposed in 1875, known as the Blaine Amendment. What is it?
Islam is not a monolith, and understanding its source code has value for everyone.
Undertaking a Muslim education – coming to understand the faith's teachings and its ideas about humanity – can have enormous value for anyone who wishes to tackle social conflicts.
The rules for schools could change.
Local education authorities have mediated the RE syllabus for decades. Now, there might be a free-for-all.
A girl walks home from a madrasa in Delhi.
British Muslims have mixed emotions about the motives behind moves to inspect madrasas.
Compulsory lessons for modern Britain.
A new report has set out a vision of diversity for British schools – including repeal of the law for compulsory Christian assembly.
David Cameron wants religious education to be inspected.
Dubbing Islamic supplementary schools as incubators for extremism and intolerance could be counter-productive.
The debate about ethics classes in schools risks placing ethics in opposition to religion, whereas the classes will ultimately benefit all.
Which religion fits you?
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Choosing your religion – it's not as simple as picking a career path.
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Let us pray.
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