The review into Special Religious Education and Special Education in Ethics was finally released.
It showed that the ethics program in NSW schools is running well, despite what advocates say is the Department of Education insisting on a complex process of enrolment for parents wishing to choose the option of ethics for their child.
Free ethics teacher training is coming to Narooma in May, and people from the region who are interested in volunteering to teach the half hour classes at their local school are invited to apply to attend at www.primaryethics.com.au
In New South Wales public schools, there is a period of time set aside each week for teaching ethics or scripture.
Following legislative changes in 2010, families can now choose for their child to go to ethics classes as an alternative to spending that time in supervised care or scripture classes.
Ethical questions are questions about what we ought to do and how we ought to live. Secular ethics explores these fundamental questions by means of reasoned argument about values and principles, rather than an appeal to religion or cultural norms.
This secular approach has a long history, reaching back to Socrates and Aristotle, and is sometimes described as ‘philosophical ethics’, according to the Primary Ethics website.
Local schools with ethics classes include Narooma, Broulee, Moruya, Merimbula, Pambula, Tathra, with Eden due to start after this training.
Ethics classes are now also running at Ulladulla, Huskisson, Vincentia, Sussex Inlet, Nowra, Tomerong, Berry, Shoalhaven Heads, Cambewarra, Illalong Road with Milton, Kangaroo Valley and Culburra gathering momentum and looking like they’ll be up and running soon.