Ignoring RE ‘could cause social unrest’

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Britain’s failure to treat religious education seriously is storing up social problems, religious leaders have warned.

Jonathan Romain, a senior rabbi, warned that failure to make RE a core part of the school curriculum could prove not only an academic mistake, but also one that was detrimental to the health of society.

He was speaking as a report due to be published today by the all-party parliamentary group on Religious Education argues that the teaching of RE can be crucial in reducing tension in multifaith communities.

Dr Romain, chairman of the Accord Coalition for inclusive education, said: “The danger of ignoring RE is not only denying basic information to children, but leading to misunderstanding and mistrust between children from different faith backgrounds, with ignorance spiralling into mistrust and then degenerating into antagonism, resulting in inter-religious and inter-racial tensions.

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