Our modern globalised media can seem to delight in seeing “differences” between people as a battleground that sells stories, however it is much more important to see the spaces between different worldviews as a fertile ground for growth.
Religious Studies at University of Birmingham School is about much more than learning about religions. We will learn from people of faith and people without faith, we will explore and evaluate message of peace and harmony as well as some of the darker sides of faith and politics and above all, we will grow together as a curious learning family prepared to lead the worlds of today and tomorrow.
Religious Studies must be an integral part of all young peoples’ studies and adult daily life. Our modern globalised media can seem to delight in seeing “differences” between people as a battleground that sells stories, however it is much more important to see the spaces between different worldviews as a fertile ground for growth.
Above all, we aim to enjoy our learning, challenge our own preconceptions and become tolerant, sensitive and fair minded students of the future.
In RS we love story telling and use it as a key tool in classrooms. So let me tell you a short story…
The 11 year old came to secondary school knowing bits and pieces about people who wear different clothes, eat different food and do different actions about different gods. They spent a year getting to know two religions in lots of detail, understanding that religion isn’t just about what people wear, eat and do, but is also about community, identity and values.
When they turned 13, they had come to understand that there are lots of different people that wear the badge of one religion, appreciating that Sikhs, Muslims, Jews, Christians, Buddhists and Hindus might all come across differently.
At GCSE options time, the 14 year old had been inspired by the Big Philosophical and Ethical Questions that they’d been debating and reasoning about and was hungry to know more about how Christian and Muslim faith, and how these religious groups reacted to events in the modern world.
By the time it came to choosing A Levels, the 16 year old had a tremendous brain and was becoming very thoughtful, but wanted more of a challenge in unpicking the tricky and controversial aspects of Religious Studies so they chose to analyse whether there was a soul, what is real and whether or not humans really are sinful creatures.
By this point the questions had become far too big and intense for one mind to manage so the 18 year old had to go out into this vast and exciting word to find more brains to pick and questions that needed exploring, so considered being a theologian, philosopher, sociologist, psychologist, artist, literature scholar, lawyer, politician, journalist, linguist, scientist, economist…
Ms E Ellis Bryant
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