Friday, September 13, 2013
Why not turn our school computer rooms into R.E rooms?
I'm starting to think that public school children in Australia have an advantage over children in Catholic primary schools because their R.E teacher is not the same person that teaches them Maths, English and Science. Some teachers are natural born evangelists and do a great job of teaching R.E (as well as Maths etc) but it's a bit hit and miss.
In Catholic schools Music is usually taught by a special music teacher in a music room, P.E is taught by a dedicated P.E teacher in the gym and ICT (Computing) is often taught by another teacher in a room filled with PCs or Macs. So why not R.E?
In an ideal world I think R.E in Catholic primary schools should be taught in a specially laid out room (that allows for both book work and prayer) by priests or Religious (nuns and monks) or dedicated lay R.E teachers. Technology is changing and the days of the separate I.T room are numbered, so maybe that's the space to use?
Peter was taught by a nun in Year 5 for two lessons a week, he remained in his usual classroom with his usual class, but he really loved these lessons. Sister was different, she was calmer and more gentle than his usual teacher, her years of prayer had changed her, and her deep love of the Gospel was apparent even to a bunch of ten year old boys. She was posted overseas at the end of the year and he's back to being taught R.E by the classroom teacher and the Head of Year. They both do a good job but he doesn't look forward to R.E the way he did last year.
I'm not saying Catholic teachers shouldn't know their faith and share it with their students, that's what creates a Catholic community within a school, but if we can afford to have dedicated music teachers, then why not R.E?