British public back religious education

British public back religious education

Nearly two-thirds of people believe RE should be taught in schools and seven out of ten (71 per cent) of UK adults believe that RE should reflect the diversity of the population today.

The survey also revealed that the religiously affiliated are more likely to consider the benefits of the subject with 78 per cent of people who affiliate with a main religion agreeing that RE’s role is to provide young people with the opportunity to learn more about other people, beliefs, worldviews and cultures, in comparison to 73 per cent of UK adults overall.

They are also more likely to agree that RE’s role is to foster the mutual understanding of different beliefs among young people, with 78 per cent of religiously affiliated agreeing with the statement, compared to 71 per cent of UK adults.

The research also found that around two-thirds (64 per cent) of UK adults think that an understanding of their own beliefs is important to them, while over half (57 per cent) agree that this understanding has a positive impact on their wellbeing.

On the subject of religious education, respondents agreed that its role is: to help young people gain a better understanding of their own beliefs (69 per cent);to foster the mutual understanding of different beliefs among young people (71 per cent);to provide young people with the opportunity to learn more about other people, beliefs, worldviews, and cultures (73 per cent) and to encourage young people to openly discuss their beliefs with others (69 per cent).

 

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