found this article in the Catholic Herald titled "Council tells schools to teach paganism". I thought I would share it with everyone here. Please let me know if you are having issues reading it.... In the meantime, I will be typing out the article in MSword so that it is easier to read.
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Council tells schools to teach paganism
By Madeleine Teahan
Paganism should be taught in schools alongside Christianity, Islam and Judaism as part of the RE syllabus.
Cornwall Council has told its schools that pagan beliefs, which include witchcraft, druidism and the worship of ancient gods, can be taught as well as the world’s three main religions. The new syllabus, outlined by Cornwall’s RE advisory group, states that from the age of five children should begin learning about Stonehenge, which has become a shrine for some druids, from the age of 11, pupils should explore modern paganism and its importance for Cornwall and many of its residents.
The council has stressed that the teaching of Christianity still comprises two thirds of the RE curriculum. According to the 2001 national census there are about 40,000 pagans in England and Wales.
The agreed syllabus explicitly states that at Key Stage 3, children should learn about “the development of modern paganism and its importance for many in Cornwall”, “the importance of pre-Christian sites for modern pagans” and “How modern paganism is diverse and how this diversity is expressed in Cornwall”.