When my girls were in primary school more than a decade ago we saw the secularisation and commercialisation of Christmas, and it worried us.
Today, it barely resembles what was a common cultural belief just a generation ago. Primary school Christmas carols rarely mention anything to do with the baby in a manger, let alone explain who he was.
Sadly, many kids growing up in primary school today do not even know, let alone understand, the big stories that shaped our civilisation - like the baby in a manger. At the same time a small, angry minority wants to rid our society of any religion or spirituality.
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It’s the mantra any organisation ignores at its peril: don’t be afraid of a little healthy competition. If having a few rivals keeps you on your corporate toes, then so much the better.
Whether it’s sheer fear or plain old arrogance to blame, it’s a tenet of Business 101 ignored by religious groups determined to maintain their monopoly over the impressionable young minds of primary school children in NSW.
With the O’Farrell government reliant on the support of the Christian Democrats in the Upper House, the rights of parents to be kept informed of the options available to them are being restricted at the behest of Fred Nile. Rather than be upfront with parents that both scripture and ethics classes are now available in primary schools, Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has confirmed students will only be told about ethics after they decline an offer to attend scripture.
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