ETHICS MORE POPULAR THAN FAMILY FIRM

From THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD:

The controversial trial of secular ethics classes has ''decimated'' Protestant scripture classes in the 10 NSW schools where it has been introduced as an alternative for non-religious children, with the classes losing about 47 per cent of enrolled students. The figure was calculated by the Sydney Anglican diocese, which is so concerned about the trial that it has created a fund-raising website to ''protect SRE'' (special religious education). The website says the values underpinning ''Australia's moral framework'' are under threat. The website, created by Youthworks, a department of the diocese, says the objective of the ethics trial is ''to not only remove Jesus Christ from the state school system, but from the consciousness and hearts of the next generation''.

''If we lose religious education, we risk losing true, fundamental 'ethics' that have underpinned Australia's moral framework for hundreds of years,'' the website says.

Dr Simon Longstaff, the executive director of the St James Ethics Centre, which is co-ordinating the trial, said any suggestion that the centre is ''working towards the removal of SRE classes from NSW state primary schools is false''.

COMMENT: Kids aren't stupid.

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ETHICS MORE POPULAR THAN FAMILY FIRM — 7 Comments

  1. There were “10 points” cited in an article by Archbishop Jenson in the Southern Cross newspaper this month. All quite laughable.

  2. ”If we lose religious education, we risk losing true, fundamental ‘ethics’ that have underpinned Australia’s moral framework for hundreds of years,”

    That seems a bit of an exaggeration! How long ago was the penal colony established?

  3. Well, the first peoples of Australia had a rather good moral framework for possibly over 40000 years. Unfortunately, when the Protestants arrived they introduced them to drink and apartheid and that sort of stuff, and their morals sort of went down hill a bit after that.

    But perhaps the head of the family firm is calling for a return to aborigine family values etc.

  4. Unfortunately, when the Protestants arrived they introduced them to drink and apartheid

    Like proper Brits everywhere.

  5. “Unfortunately, when the Protestants arrived they introduced them to drink and apartheid.”

    In the Americas, we introduced our native peoples to small pox as well as to drink and apartheid.

    I’d say Australian kids and parents are bailing out on traditional Jensen Family Values, because those supremacist values were always morally bankrupt. Once the heavy hand of the State was removed with the requirement, people deserted. That should give the Jensenists pause, that their “values” require the enforcement powers of the state, and not the voluntary allegiance of the people.

  6. You are right Doug. Previously there was no choice and parents have been embarrassed into sending their kids to scripture rather than have them sit on their own in the empty room next to the deputy principle’s office.

    Given a choice we will now see what parents choose.