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Where ignorant armies clash by night: A critical examination of the Politics of RE

Where ignorant armies clash by night: A critical examination of the Politics of RE

Dr Mark Chater

Drawing on three major RE reports, this seminar will present and analyse the landscape of RE practice. It will claim that policy discourse - social cohesion, the Prevent duty and `British Values' - has become a contested locus, a 'darkling plain ... where ignorant armies clash by night', and that the 1944 and 1988 policy settlements for RE are now unjustifiable.

What do we, as a nation, expect our young people to know and understand about religion and belief? How can we ensure that they are achieving this? The intensity of debate around these concerns is shown in three major RE reports, published in the last year alone. The answers are both educationally and politically important.

Drawing on these reports and other sources, including Ofsted inspection evidence, ethnographic studies of RE teachers, and policy papers, this seminar will evaluate the shifting terrain of RE practice. The t


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