In school education, ‘resilience’ is the latest buzz-word.

One of the interesting findings of recent research is that spirituality has been shown to be a key factor in helping people build this resilience.

The only way a state school could teach spirituality would be for them to ask the local religious communities to send representatives to teach the children of their respective faiths.

Yet, what I have just described is exactly what our NSW state school system currently enjoys with Special Religious Education (SRE).

SRE brings a smorgasbord of spirituality into our state schools. It is taught for free by skilled and passionate volunteers from the community. It offers the tools needed to help students form resilience in this pressured and chaotic world.

If SRE didn’t exist, we’d invent it. So why would we ever want to lose it?

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