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Senior lecturer urges more education about religion amid state opposition plan

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The state opposition has pledged to return religions education to state schools if it wins the election.

Under the proposal, its set to be a program parents could opt their children out of if necessary.

Senior lecturer of Education at Monash University Dr David Zyngier told Neil Mitchell he wasn’t in favour of bringing back specific religious education to schools but urged more education about religions in general.

“(Children) are not being asked to believe anything (when taught about religion),” he said.

“Teachers have already been doing this apart of multicultural education – when a school celebrates Easter, they’ll be teaching about the Christian belief and when they celebrate Passover, they’ll be teaching about what the Jews believe.

“It’s a great occasion to integrate all these wonderful festivals our children’s families celebrate into the daily curriculum.

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