Religious Instruction in Schools


    A COMMITTEE of REPRESENTATIVES of the Joint Conference of Anglicans and Free Churchmen, the Association of Education Committees and the National Union of Teachers has prepared a pamphlet entitled "A National Basic Outline of Religious Instruction" (London: National Union of Teachers, 1945. 2d.). The pamphlet calls to mind an article bearing the above heading which appeared in Nature of November 14, 1942. Much has happened since then, but the article still stands as an explanation of the reasons why a scientific journal should in its own way deal with the problem of religious education. In particular, we retain the conviction that, after all is said and done, the psychological core of the problem lies in the relation of the teacher and the pupil, and that unless one can trust the teachers no precautions will avail. Choose the teachers carefully, train them adequately, and then trust them. The liberty of the well-prepared teacher is the essential condition.

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    Religious Instruction in Schools. Nature 156, 626 (1945).

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