Its really backwards why as a country we do not do this. Not only is RE/Citizenship completely overlooked in education, to a point where they feel like a waste of time the exams are poorly set out and the lessons I had felt as if they forced us to learn RE/Citizenship. Would it not be better to replace RE with programming? Programming is a very versatile skill providing logical thinking and often creating your own creative solutions to problems. Its arguably far more useful also.
Anyone else share this view?
You need a little bit of citizenship to prepare pupils for the world outside school.
I would swap programming for RE in a heartbeat, but I don't think it would have much of an effect because in the current timetable there are too many subjects and too few lessons.
I am with you though in general in that I would definitely offer Programming and I would do it by streamlining the timetable:
Daily timetable MON-FRI:
1h Foreign language(s)
2h Practical Subject 1 or Creative Arts &Technology (Music, Art, Engineering, Programming)
[2h Practical Subject 2 or Sports]
+ workshops or excursions on SATurday mornings on History / Geography / Politics / RE / People Skills.
Start at 8 am, finish at 3pm (schools that offer just 1 practical subject to each pupil) or 5pm (schools that offer 2 practical subjects to each pupil).
In primary school, pupils would do a mix of Music, Art, Engineering and Programming, plus 2h Sports every day. In secondary school, each pupil could choose two practical specialisms from Engineering, Computing, Music, Art, Media, Sports or Social Enterprise and become an expert in both (10 hours per week, over 5 years of secondary school, at 38 weeks per schoolyear = 1900 hours honing skills in practical specialism = excellent).
Edit: of couse that could never happen for many reasons (not least lack of qualified staff); it's just what I think would be great in an ideal world.
_Remind me what is learnt in citizenship_? _my memory tells me those lessons were a waste of time.- _(key board is screwed,# sorry_)
RE/Citizenship sucks in its current state, but I don't think it's an inherently bad idea to make people have a general grip on society and religion.
Programming's a pretty overrated skill because, and I say that as a CompSci student, it's just not going to have that much of a profound impact on most people's lives and maths already covers a lot of the critical thinking/logic angles. A lot of the sciencey-engineering types will pick it up later in life anyway not to develop those skills but because of their natural logic/critical tendencies, while the English/History/Law/Media types will be happy to carry on not giving a **** about something that never appealed to them in the first place.
If you want something that'll stick with people and actually be useful to everyone, you're better off teaching them basic economics/finances. Hell, I'd love to have a course teaching me how to live on my own and I'm an adult.
What is the need for millions of inadequate programmers
Only Michael Gove would make a suggestion like this.
I agree that programming is incredibly useful and should be taught from a young age.
I don't think RE should be replaced though, it's also very useful and it teaches not only tolerance but also understanding that there are faiths outside what you had in your own home and possibly encourage pupils to question the faiths they were brought up with.
Re shouldn't be replaced...No no, we have enough islamphobes and racists and ignorant people as it is.
Add programming as an extra subject.
In the current climate, do you really think that ridding our youth of understanding religion is a wise move?