Religious, moral and personal and social education should be scrapped and replaced by values education, says a former chief executive of the Gordon Cook Foundation.
William Robb, who now runs the Aberdeen based Centre for Alleviating Social Problems through Values Education (CAVE), also argues that values issues should be given a set time in the curriculum and equal billing with English and maths.
Writing in the first issue of Values Education, which he edits, Mr Robb says that teachers who are uneasy about taking religious or moral education classes would respond with "enthusiasm".
But he adds: "Without a set time and a specifically trained teacher to draw out the values implications and encourage youngsters to think rationally about complex and sometimes sensitive interpersonal issues, the separate contributions made by cross-curricular mentions, hidden curriculum and school ethos would be ineffective."
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