I am still thinking about what it would mean if we taught wonder rather than region. But before I get there, I want to share something I stumbled across.
Yesterday, while thinking about potential changes to the ICT curriculum, I went hunting for information on what schools actually do. I was asking myself the question: ‘how does RE work on the ground?’. In other words, how does all of that promising vagary really translate in the classroom. I found a website for a nearby school which had curriculum related links for students, parents and teachers.
Under ‘Christianity’ and ‘Christians’ it offered this:
Christian beliefs and traditions
Christian people believe
- There is one God.
- God made the world.
- God has three parts – The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
- Jesus is God’s son.
- When people die they go to heaven or hell.
- God sent Jesus to the world to save people.
- was born at Christmas.
- showed people how to live a good life.
- died on a cross at Easter.
- came alive again and went to heaven to live with God.
Now, you may think I’m about to have a go at that school’s RE curriculum. I’m not. I’m going to leave that to your imaginations, and to your comments. No, no. This is a failure of ICT. Someone found a link and assumed it was reputable. They trusted the nice people who provide resources for the hearing disabled, and forgot to ask whether they were equally conversant in Christian faith.
It’s a terribly difficult thing, teaching. And it’s tricky, too, identifying the right resources. So, I’m adding to my list. Let us teach wonder and discernment instead of RE and ICT. I’m sure I could make a course on wonder and discernment tick all the cross-curricular boxes. I’m willing to start tomorrow, so long as we can agree that there will be no exams, no red ink, and no end to the learning.