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It might be time to rethink religious education in schools

‘Religion isn’t going away any time soon.’

Teaching children about religion is an important part of the school curriculum.

But Australia may need to change the way it is taught.

Clare Murphy from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute told Tom Elliott religious education could be a good vessel for denouncing extremism.

‘If we teach about ways in which tenets of religion are interpreted for political gain, it could help young people say that that’s not right,’ Ms Murphy said on Friday.

‘We can aim to understand it without necessarily advocating it.’

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