Class books – VIC
Here are some examples across the year levels of what is actually taught to kids in schools.
ACCESS Ministries CRE volunteers sign a legal contract before they can enter public schools that binds them to a code of conduct. They must sign this Volunteer Agreement and observe it at all times.
One of those codes of conduct forbids proselytising and evangelising to children and to avoid using language which presents faith-based statements as factual assertions rather than belief.
To view and download this Volunteer Agreement, click below.
However, even though the volunteers sign this agreement, they are breaking it regularly – simply by using the agreed syllabus ‘Religion in Life’, which is produced by ACCESS Ministries.
Click below to view and download the entire 96 page Launch Red 1 Teacher Book by ACCESS Ministries. This is the agreed syllabus for the prep year in Victoria – 4 to 6 year olds.
The songs from the ACCESS Ministries CD ‘New Tracks – Songs for CRE’ are in this teacher book, telling the volunteers to use them in lessons. (See in MUSIC section):
- My God is so Big – pages 12, 42, 62.
- God made Cows – page 62
- Creation Rap (song about creationism) – pages 62 & 65 (on page 65 it says “You might like to play Creation Rap while the children are working”)
All devotional songs, from the ACCESS Ministries head office.
On page 9 it says “Songs are an excellent way for students to learn with enjoyment. Songs can contribute to the worship aspect of a session, and a song well learned stays firmly in the memory.”
It also tells volunteers to teach the song “The Best Book” by Colin Buchanan. This song tells children that the best book is the Bible. The Lyrics say “Oh……The best book to read is the Bible, The best book to read is the Bible, If you read it everyday, It will help you on your way, Oh…….The best book to read is the Bible”
Listen to the song here:
On page 2 it says the following – “Scripture quotations are from The Big Rescue Bible (CEV).” (see in BIG RESCUE BIBLE section)
On Page 62 it teaches about creationism: “In this unit God is presented as the creator of the world. As children learn of the creation story from Genesis 1, they discover the contrasts that they experience regularly in their world: day/night; wet/dry; big/small. They also find a God who made them and who considers each one of them to be special.”
On page 77 it says – “Read and reflect on Genesis 1:26-28. God created human beings in His likeness with the special responsibility of caring for the earth and all its living creatures. Our significance as people is tied up in these few verses. None of the other parts of His creation is said to be made in the image of God. As image bearers of God, we have many characteristics of God, including the ability to communicate. He also made us to rule over the rest of creation.”
Here are some more examples of Christian beliefs stated as fact in the Launch Red 1 books. Click below to view and download.
Here is a lesson that appears on page 5 of the Trek 1 Green series student book. This particular lesson directly violates the volunteers legal agreement, specifically – “Not attempt to convert students through proselytizing. For example: Not asking students to proselytize or evangelize within their school.”
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At the bottom of the page is what looks very much like a birthday party invitation. The instructions say – “Cut this out and give it to someone.”
We have received examples of opted out children having these given to them at school by their friends who attend CRE. This is a direct violation of the Volunteer Agreement, and it is part of the “agreed” syllabus.
Here is an actual example of a form that an opted-out child received in the playground at school. Click on image below to enlarge.
Here is a BLM lesson from the Quest 1, Blue Series, which directly violates the Volunteer agreement. Specifically – “Not attempt to convert students through proselytizing. For example: Not asking students to proselytize or evangelize within their school.”
Called the “The Lord’s Prayer”, it says:
“If Jesus lived in the 21st century he might have sent the Lord’s Prayer to his friends via his mobile phone using text messaging. Using the model of the Lord’s Prayer on page 32 of the Student book, Quest 1 (Blue Series), write your own text message version of the Lord’s Prayer in the space on the mobile phone below.
Cut out the mobile phone and use it as a bookmark or give to a friend.”
This lesson directs the children to evangelise to their friends, which could include other students in the school who do not participate in CRE.
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Here is a lesson from page 9 in the student book from Quest 1, Green series.
Titled “A reflection on Jesus’ death”, it explains “Why? – to bring God’s forgiveness to all who believe in Jesus.”
This sends the very powerful message to a child that you can only be forgiven if you believe in Jesus and those that don’t are not saved.
This is not appropriate for children of other religions who may be in the CRE classes.
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