Religious Studies

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The "compulsory" GCSE designed to 'teach' us about world religions and ethics....Year 9s everywhere are in mutual indignation about this. It was formerly called R.E. (Religious Education), although some sort of political correctness meant the name was changed.

Widely regarded as a boring, somewhat pointless subject.

If you really can't stand RS, please note that you do not have to take it for GCSE, you can drop out of it (but you have to do something else instead), but to actually drop it, you have to get your parents to phone them, explain the whole situation, have extensive forms signed in triplicate, sent in, sent back, lost, found again, queried, subjected to public inquiry, lost and finally buried in soft peat for three months and recycled.

The only religions EVER studied are Islam and Christianity, and not a single person denies that these are the most boring two to learn about, since everyone at least knows someone of both religions, they have only one God, and you don't get to meditate in lessons. (To be fair Hinduism and Buddhism are both studied for a total of one term each over years 7, 8 and 9, and Judaism for half a term in the aforementioned years).

Sikhism is never taught at all, despite there being several posters about it on the walls. Also taught is "What It Means To Be Human", a topic that tries to teach students about lots of different religions, all at the same time. This topic features a film known as Bicentenial Man to try and teach us about robots and humans, but ends up being some sort of sex education video.

It is taught by Mrs Heywood, Mr Vincent and Mr Whyte.


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