Keeping faith groups happy

30th November 2012 at 00:00

"One in 10 is bullied for keeping the faith" (16 November) is very illuminating. The report commissioned by the Skills Funding Agency states: "Before trying to accommodate a particular group's perceived or stated need, it may be worthwhile consulting the wider learning community. Consultation will ensure that no learner feels totally excluded, including those with 'no beliefs'."

The issue of one group being identified, wrongly or rightly, as being treated more favourably inevitably arises when these necessary lines of communication break down. Sometimes discussions don't even get off the ground. The alienation that a faith group may experience results not only from the sense of marginalisation but also from non-communication.

The point of teaching RE in both schools and colleges is for all students, belonging to whatever faith group, to be motivated by an "other" faith group. They are then free to question others and, in turn, be informed and ready to challenge their own beliefs.

Jon Corfield, Holywell, Flintshire.

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