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Trevor Cooling on Virtuous RE?

I cannot remember a time when RE teachers were not interested in teaching about values and ethics. Early in my RE career, I was encouraged to think that teaching Bible stories would lead to my pupils absorbing ethical values. Experience soon proved to me that that did not work! In the 1970s and 1980s, RE moved into teaching about contemporary ethical issues in the belief that that would grab our pupils’ attention. We have now broadened our range of topics, but values and ethics continue to be central to our subject.

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