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    Personally, I do believe it should be an optio, but should the subject not be called something like pholosophy and ethics?

    Also, why is it compulsory in state schools? I have wondered a bout this, as employees normall y consider history more highly as a GCSE.

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    I think it should be an option, so that you could choose to study or you don't. I mean, I find RS quite a waste of time at the moment...
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    Of course it should! How else are children supposed to catch up on the precious amount of sleep lost by having to go to school?
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    Rs = Religious Studies?




    The question about why it's compulsory, I believe it's because of when the state took education off the church. They did so so long as it was taught compulsory.

    I think, anyway.


    EDIT: My RS(E) exam was called Philosophy and Ethics. *shrugs*
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    I personally think it should be an option for those who are interested in the subject.
    I have to take it when I don't really find it that enjoyable, though this is partly down to other people who have no interest in the subject and mess about which harms results, and the teacher having no control over the class -.- I could have taken a second language where I would have got a better grade than a B/C
    I also don't really understand what the benefits of having R.E over a language or history/geography tbh
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    Oh! Everyone at my schools likes it, pretty much because the teacher makes it so interesting...ooh and I do remember one lesson we spent discussing gcse options, the teacher was waiting to teach, but never could xD
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    Catholic school here, I hate how it's not titled 'Philosophy and Ethics' -.-
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    Any school that has religious teaching that ISN'T objective and inclusive about it should not get any state funding.
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    Should definitely NOT be compulsory. That being said, I do enjoy the philosophy and ethics aspect.
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    i think it should be compulsory. mainly because i think its important for kids to learn about other religions and their cultures and to be more accepting of them. i do think that the current RS curriculum is s***. you learn absolutely nothing of any importance. we should be learning about the main religions, their background, what they involve and maybe like case studies of people who follow them so that we actually get an understanding and basic knowlegde of religion. obviously i cant speak for the whole country, but what ive experienced seems to be incredibly ignorant of other religions (i heard one girl talking about 'those hindus that worship allah...') and cultures - me included i should add.
    personally i dont believe in god, and i dont really believe in religion (kinda difficult to explain unless you sort of feel the same) but i still want to know about them and what they mean to people. its still a very important part in all cultures....i dont understand why there isnt more effective lessons on it :/
    obviously it shouldnt be compulsory for a level....id say probably make it compulsory to year 9, then offer it for GCSE

    wow....lots of people saying it shouldnt be compulsory...why is that? is that because you dont believe in god and you dont think it should be pushed on people? they should be free to make their own choice?
    i do sort of agree with that, but i think that by exposing kids to a range of religions would allow them much more free choice as it is showing them that there is a choice to be made...not simply that it is god or no god, but that there are different gods etc and that each religion is unique.
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    Of course it should be compulsory. It's a massive part of life, and it's pretty much vital to understand other people's beliefs.

    (this coming from an atheist)
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    RS? I did independent study for GCSE RS (I was the only one in my year who wanted to do it :L), but we also had timetabled RS, where we didn't actually do anything, the teacher never turned up and it eventually became a very very useful study period. So it does have a redeeming feature.
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    France bans it, afaik and look at the state of France. Just sayin'

    Our RE lessons were quite interesting tbf - even if we did watch lots of films

    Bear in mind however, that RE was optional in our school
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    This was not about being taught the invaluable skills of Runescape.

    I am disappoint.


    "So everybody knows that a level 60 woodcut can make much more money outside of Varrok..."
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    (Original post by Fragile_Illusions)
    Of course it should be compulsory. It's a massive part of life, and it's pretty much vital to understand other people's beliefs.

    (this coming from an atheist)
    No. If RS encompassed the beliefs of Mormons, Scientology, and Independent Fundamental Baptists, I'd be up in arms. Also, contrary to popular belief, RS gravitates around the belief system the school holds, e.g. a Catholic school will predominately teach Catholicism and brush upon other belief systems in little-to-no detail, which aren't mentioned in the exams. This is coming from personal experience, so I'm not sure how other schools work.
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    (Original post by POWCATTY)
    i think it should be compulsory. mainly because i think its important for kids to learn about other religions and their cultures and to be more accepting of them. i do think that the current RS curriculum is s***. you learn absolutely nothing of any importance. we should be learning about the main religions, their background, what they involve and maybe like case studies of people who follow them so that we actually get an understanding and basic knowlegde of religion. obviously i cant speak for the whole country, but what ive experienced seems to be incredibly ignorant of other religions (i heard one girl talking about 'those hindus that worship allah...') and cultures - me included i should add.
    personally i dont believe in god, and ri dont really believe in religion (kinda difficult to explain unless you sort of feel the same) but i still want to know about them and what they mean to people. its still a very important part in all cultures....i dont understand why there isnt more effective lessons on it :/
    obviously it shouldnt be compulsory for a level....id say probably make it compulsory to year 9, then offer it for GCSE

    wow....lots of people saying it shouldnt be compulsory...why is that? is that because you dont believe in god and you dont think it should be pushed on people? they should be free to make their own choice?
    i do sort of agree with that, but i think that by exposing kids to a range of religions would allow them much more free choice as it is showing them that there is a choice to be made...not simply that it is god or no god, but that there are different gods etc and that each religion is unique.
    Seriously? I mean, (no offence meant of course), that the current cirriculum is more likely to affect future decisions. Gcse should be philosophy and ethics. I personally believe religion learning is enough up till gcse.
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    RS wasn't enjoyable for me when I was subjected to the hour long lessons in year 9 however I know appreciate it because I realise I had the opportunity to learn about other religions. We already have so many ignorant people in our society I'm pretty sure the situation would only get worse if RS were to be scrapped.
    I do agree that forcing people to take GCSE RS is wrong but it doesn't happen often I don't think.
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    I got to watch a lot of films in RS, and do very little work, so it's all good.

    I'm an atheist, and think it should be compulsory.
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    'RS' to me means runescape haha. If that is what you were asking i'd say yes! Runescape gcse would be great lol. 'How to pvp'





    Pssht if there was one subject that could be thrown out and replaced by the much needed computer science, RS could be one (but yes ofcourse it is the shocking, disgusting ICT)

    Those two years taught me practically nothing, very simple indeed. the sort of exam you could get an A on by doing 1 afternoon's reading.
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    I think it should be, but in an objective manner. And it should definitely be taught better than the standard at my old school.

    For some reason we watched Saving Private Ryan 4x in a term... I guess the teacher was bored?

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