Coming out religiously: Life Orientation in public schools

C, Bakker, I. ter Avest

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Abstract

In the post-pillarized society of the Netherlands, formal religious education still is structured according to religious dividing lines. "Religion" in confessional schools is a compulsory subject; in public schools, taking a so-called neutral position with regard to religious traditions, "Religion" is an optional subject (Protestant, Roman Catholic, or Islamic religious education or Humanistic World View Education), taught to pupils on parents request. Nowadays, due to processes of modernization, globalization, and individualization, the position of religion in society has changed and subsequently the position of "Religion" as a subject in classes has changed. These days for principals and teachers in public schools it is urgent to reflect on their positionality regarding (religious and secular) worldview education. In this contribution we present our findings from document analysis and from (focus group) interviews with principals, and from observations in public schools, resulting in a plea for "Life Orientation for all" as a compulsory subject in all schools for all pupils. © 2014 The Religious Education Association.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4
Pages (from-to)407-423
JournalReligious Education
Volume2014
Issue number109
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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