AIMS OF FIRIS

  • Maintain an inclusive school curriculum that does not require any student to withdraw from class on account of different religious beliefs.
  • Formally cease the practice of volunteer-run special religious instruction (SRI) during school hours.
  • Follow an objective, fair and balanced comparative syllabus for education about religions and beliefs.
  • Treat all religious organisations who wish to use the school facilities outside of the school day with transparent and equitable policies.

FIRIS is a parent-driven grassroots effort.  More, you say?

 

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Fairness In Religions In School

Well, this is interesting. Caulfield Junior College has only 2% of parents wanting their children to do Christian SRI.Now - what is ACCESS going to do?Will they respect the other 98% of students and tell the principal that common sense must prevail.Or will they still insist that this school conduct their program and make the non-SRI children sit outside the classroom while a handful of SRI participants stop teachers from teaching?What will Yossi say?Will he expect his UJEB program to go ahead with 23% students?If they go ahead with his...but not with the Christian program, will he accuse this principal of "discrimination" against Christians?(Yossi accused Brighton PS of discrimination of Jewish students when they chose to continue Christian SRI, but not Jewish, due to low numbers)“On the face of it, Brighton’s decision seems blatantly discriminatory to Jewish students as well as to students from other non-Christian denominations,” said Mr GoldfarbThis could get very interesting. Lets see how selfish these groups can be.SPECIAL RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION SURVEY RESULTS The school received 155 responses [32% of school population; to SRI survey. Thank you to families that supported the school in this request. Of the 155 responses, the breakdown is as follows: 113 Judaism = 23.5% of students 30 Catholicism = 6% of students 11 Christianity = 2% of students Values = 1 student Your feedback to the survey will be discussed at the next meeting of School Council. ... See MoreSee Less

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Tom RottllerCatholics separate themselves from other xian Sue.5 hours ago

Fairness In Religions In School

ACCESS Ministries is fighting hard to keep their class materials away from the eyes of parents and school communities.If they really believe that what they teach in classrooms would be embraced by parents - then why don't they let the parents make an informed choice?Why don't they let parents see their class materials?Not simply a two page summary, but the whole thing?Why don't they throw open their books proudly and stand behind what they teach?Show us!If ACCESS has nothing to hide - why are they being so secretive? ... See MoreSee Less

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Stella ThomasHi FIRIS, is this just a general pic, or is it more directly related to SRI? I was cool with the irony of it, but I shared this post, and have just been asked: 1. Oh, ACCESS Ministries in Victoria is trying to access Victorian schools. Not Fr. Rod himself. Right? 2. Where is the evidence that the Gosford sign has anything to do with ACCESS? It isn't even mentioned in the picture you linked to. 3. And how does what the sign says have any bearing on ACCESS to Victorian schools? AND A QUESTION FROM ME - was Gosford one of the churches recently knocking on the Minsters door to waterdown MD141?8 hours ago

Harry GordonBecause they are primarily a money making venture and they see this as their proprietary key to income. Making disciples is how they seek to guarantee long term income stream. It's always about money and power.1 day ago

Harry GordonSilly me. Responding to the rhetorical question with the obvious answer. Of course everyone realises this.1 day ago

Adam GreenDoesn't MD141 require course materials to be made available for parents to read? A two page summary does not meet that requirement. On that basis no principal should allow SRI in thier school as it is impossible to comply with MD14121 hours ago

Harry GordonAlthough you could say the Goso billboards show this not to be a universal truth. I have seen a few of these. There is a clergyman with some fine values.1 day ago

Fairness In Religions In School

Feel free to weigh in over at Radio National's Facebook page. :)https://www.facebook.com/radionational/posts/10152658088202378 ... See MoreSee Less

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Fairness In Religions In SchoolGreat replies - thanks to everyone.1 day ago

Christine Worthington:)1 day ago

Tom RottllerDone1 day ago

Vincent BeeroadDone =)1 day ago