Don't force-feed 16-year-olds
He seems to imply that we should force-feed older pupils RE whether they want it or not. Yet sixth-formers have had 10 years of it before being able to opt out; isn't that long enough?
For him to suggest the committee was "influenced by the National Secular Society" insults its professionalism. The National Secular Society should, instead, be congratulated on drawing this long-standing abuse to the committee's attention, which until its intervention the Department for Education and Skills had refused to address.
After all, two large-scale independent surveys show that around two-thirds of secondary pupils are not religious. It would be much more effective if much of what is taught in RE was taught from a non-religious starting point. Philosophy should also be taught, teaching pupils to think cogently for themselves. The P4C philosophy for children series is marvellous.
Dr Paul Stevenson