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14-01-2014, 04:02 PM
Paganism in Cornwall
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...labus.html

And after double maths it will be... paganism: Schools told to put witchcraft and druids on RE syllabus
By JONATHAN PETRE
PUBLISHED: 16:12 EST, 14 April 2012 | UPDATED: 17:19 EST, 14 April 2012



Paganism has been included in an official school religious education syllabus for the first time.
Cornwall Council has told its schools that pagan beliefs, which include witchcraft, druidism and the worship of ancient gods such as Thor, should be taught alongside Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
The requirements are spelled out in an agreed syllabus drawn up by Cornwall’s RE advisory group.
Faiths: Schoolchildren in Cornwall will soon be studying pagan religions like druidism, above, and witchcraft
Required learning: Schoolchildren in Cornwall will soon be studying pagan religions like druidism, above, and witchcraft
It says that from the age of five, children should begin learning about standing stones, such as Stonehenge. At the age of 11, pupils can begin exploring ‘modern paganism and its importance for many in Cornwall’.
The syllabus adds that areas of study should include ‘the importance of pre-Christian sites for modern pagans’.

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And an accompanying guide says that pupils should ‘understand the basic beliefs’ of paganism and suggests children could discuss the difficulties a practising pagan pupil might face in school.
But the council’s initiative has dismayed some Christian campaigners, who are alarmed that a religion once regarded as a fringe eccentricity is increasingly gaining official recognition.
Critics point out that according to the council’s own estimates there are only between 600 and 750 pagans in Cornwall out of a total population of 537,400.
Mike Judge, Christian Institute spokesman, said: ‘Religious education is squeezed already – there’s barely enough time to cover Christianity and the other major religions.
'Introducing paganism is just faddish and has more to do with the political correctness of teachers than the educational needs of children.’
Spells: Cornish witches Cassandra Latham-Jones, left, and partner Laetitia
Spells: Cornish witches Cassandra Latham-Jones, left, and partner Laetitia
However, Neil Burden, the council’s cabinet member for children’s services, said that the move would give children ‘access to the broad spectrum of religious beliefs’.
The council said the teaching of Christianity still accounted for nearly two-thirds of religious education in its schools.
Paganism encompasses numerous strands, from druids, who believe themselves to be practitioners of the ancient faith of pre-Christian Britain, to wiccans – modern witches who gather in covens – and shamans, who engage with the spirit of the land.
Cornish pagans include witches Cassandra and Laetitia Latham-Jones, who dress in robes, own broomsticks and a black cat and cast spells. Their website says they offer baby blessings, psychic house cleansings and spells to suit particular situations.
Cornwall Council’s initiative follows the 2010 decision by the Charity Commission to recognise druidism as a religion.
Jailed druids and pagans are also now allowed to take twigs or ‘magic wands’ into their cells, although they are barred from wearing a hooded robe.
According to the 2001 national census, there are about 40,000 pagans in England and Wales, though some estimate that the true figure is now far higher.

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14-01-2014, 04:50 PM
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(14-01-2014 04:02 PM)WitchSabrina Wrote:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...labus.html

And after double maths it will be... paganism: Schools told to put witchcraft and druids on RE syllabus
By JONATHAN PETRE
PUBLISHED: 16:12 EST, 14 April 2012 | UPDATED: 17:19 EST, 14 April 2012



Paganism has been included in an official school religious education syllabus for the first time.
Cornwall Council has told its schools that pagan beliefs, which include witchcraft, druidism and the worship of ancient gods such as Thor, should be taught alongside Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
The requirements are spelled out in an agreed syllabus drawn up by Cornwall’s RE advisory group.
Faiths: Schoolchildren in Cornwall will soon be studying pagan religions like druidism, above, and witchcraft
Required learning: Schoolchildren in Cornwall will soon be studying pagan religions like druidism, above, and witchcraft
It says that from the age of five, children should begin learning about standing stones, such as Stonehenge. At the age of 11, pupils can begin exploring ‘modern paganism and its importance for many in Cornwall’.
The syllabus adds that areas of study should include ‘the importance of pre-Christian sites for modern pagans’.

More...
Call for return of compulsory language GCSEs for every child to help the economy
And an accompanying guide says that pupils should ‘understand the basic beliefs’ of paganism and suggests children could discuss the difficulties a practising pagan pupil might face in school.
But the council’s initiative has dismayed some Christian campaigners, who are alarmed that a religion once regarded as a fringe eccentricity is increasingly gaining official recognition.
Critics point out that according to the council’s own estimates there are only between 600 and 750 pagans in Cornwall out of a total population of 537,400.
Mike Judge, Christian Institute spokesman, said: ‘Religious education is squeezed already – there’s barely enough time to cover Christianity and the other major religions.
'Introducing paganism is just faddish and has more to do with the political correctness of teachers than the educational needs of children.’
Spells: Cornish witches Cassandra Latham-Jones, left, and partner Laetitia
Spells: Cornish witches Cassandra Latham-Jones, left, and partner Laetitia
However, Neil Burden, the council’s cabinet member for children’s services, said that the move would give children ‘access to the broad spectrum of religious beliefs’.
The council said the teaching of Christianity still accounted for nearly two-thirds of religious education in its schools.
Paganism encompasses numerous strands, from druids, who believe themselves to be practitioners of the ancient faith of pre-Christian Britain, to wiccans – modern witches who gather in covens – and shamans, who engage with the spirit of the land.
Cornish pagans include witches Cassandra and Laetitia Latham-Jones, who dress in robes, own broomsticks and a black cat and cast spells. Their website says they offer baby blessings, psychic house cleansings and spells to suit particular situations.
Cornwall Council’s initiative follows the 2010 decision by the Charity Commission to recognise druidism as a religion.
Jailed druids and pagans are also now allowed to take twigs or ‘magic wands’ into their cells, although they are barred from wearing a hooded robe.
According to the 2001 national census, there are about 40,000 pagans in England and Wales, though some estimate that the true figure is now far higher.

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14-01-2014, 05:40 PM
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My first inclination was to be mad that people are still taking religion so seriously....but then I realized that being exposed to other schools of thought are good for everyone. Go, go go!

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15-01-2014, 05:39 AM
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Anyone else thinking of The Wickerman?
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15-01-2014, 08:30 AM
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Oh MY BAD for not noticing that date. How embarrassing. It was running on my news feed this morning so I believed it current. Sorry

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15-01-2014, 03:32 PM
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Daily Mail is the British Equivalent of Fox News.

I would not pay heed to much of what they write.

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15-01-2014, 04:11 PM
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You read the daily mail????????

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15-01-2014, 04:32 PM
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(15-01-2014 03:32 PM)bemore Wrote:  Daily Mail is the British Equivalent of Fox News.

I would not pay heed to much of what they write.

Oh then I just suck extra then. LOL So sorry. Like I said saw it run in my news feed yesterday morning so I believed it current news. Ugh. And I didn't know the Fox news likeness. Enough for me. Watch for me to NOT be checking Daily mail again.

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15-01-2014, 04:36 PM
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The daily mail or any paper of the British tabloid press could never ever in all eternety be compared to fox news.


the daily mail itself is worse than fox news by a billion.

and I am conviced that "the sun" (british tabloid) actualy causes cancer.

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15-01-2014, 04:47 PM
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I know it's old, but I love that idea. British kids are already forced to learn about religions, so why not teach them as many as possible?

I LOVE all the Pagan stuff in Cornwall. It's like a proper fairy tale place. There's this place called St Nectan's Glen with a beautiful waterfall that looks like fairies live in it. The place attracts Pagans from all over the place. It's so pretty.

Cornwall is a magical place in general though. St Michael's Mount looks like it came straight out of a Disney Movie! I'd love to live in Marazion or Penzance just so I could look at it every day.
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