Theory and practice

What next for RE? Some thoughts from After Religious Education

"Is RE really so terrible? A ‘tepid version of cultural studies where religion is transformed into a calendar of funny festivals, lighting candles and distinctive headgear … [taught by] teachers from other disciplines just helping out for the afternoon’ as Giles Fraser (2014) put it? Has RE become, in the words of Keith Sharpe (2021) ‘a subject in search of a purpose’? Is it, in short, time to move on from RE? If that was all there was to say on the matter, then the After Religious Education project (After RE1) could perfectly name an initiative to scrap RE altogether.
That is decidedly not the intention ordirection of After RE."

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