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Religious education

This feature could be used in any curriculum activity in which the exploration of feelings as well as facts is desirable. It can be used as the basis for an empathy exercise (you are an Iraqi and meet a western journalist in the street - Jthe Iraqis' feelings are explored in an interview) or to roleplay such a meeting. The plight of the scholars at the start could also be used as a mirror to examine what our children take for granted as learners: technological aids such as computers, the Internet and interactive whiteboards, the latest textbooks etc. For most western children, learning is set within the usually secure routines of a safe journey to school, someone at home who can provide for them etc.

Older children (KS3-5) could discuss what "civilised" means and what "civilised" values might be. They may want to discuss the controversial issue this article raises as to whether Saddam or the west is the bigger enemy for the ordinary people of Iraq.

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