Out-of-date view

6th March 2009 at 00:00

Jim Campbell's critique of the Cambridge Primary Review's domain on faith and belief as "religious indoctrination" appears to be based on a stereotype of RE which is at least 30 years out of date (Letters, February 27).

Modern RE is inclusive, enquiry-based and reflects the Toledo principles on inquiry into religious and secular world-views, with the aim of promoting greater understanding of, and respect for, different cultures, ethnicities, religions or beliefs. Practitioners teach a model of RE that promotes respect and open-mindedness among other qualities.

Professor Campbell's dismissal of this reality is disappointing, inaccurate and intellectually sloppy. It is high time educationists caught up with modern RE.

Ed Pawson, Chair of the National Association of Teachers of RE and head of religion, philosophy and ethics, The King's School, Ottery St Mary, Devon.

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