Galician Parents Reject Including Religion in School Curriculum
Parents of Teo City Reject Inclusion of Religion in Academic Curricula
87% of parents in the city of Teo rejected this subject in the curriculum count after holding a referendum.
For Galicia Confidential | Teo | 06/13/2014
More than 800 parents of the public schools of the municipality of Teo took part in a referendum on the value of including religion in the academic curricula. And 690 of them, or 87.6% refused the proposed action of basing school grants or access to higher education on the passing of such classes. In addition, 65% believed that it should not share teaching time with other subjects of general knowledge.
This is the result from a consultative referendum held by the county government on the role of religion in school. This initiative also included all schools in the NAFA school district (CEIP the Linden trees, CEIP The Ramallosa, IES Cacheiras Teo and CRA). The platform also obtained the cooperation of the parents of the CEIP Calo, although school management blocked the vote from occurring for their school.
Conchi Garcia, spokesman for the "Us" Party, believes that the experience "was very positive, especially for the good reception by the ANPA. As these referenda showed, turnout was high and mainly provoked debate on an aspect of the Organic Law on Quality Improvement Education for the parents that were never consulted before now."
In general, the legal guardians of teen pupils rejected the proposal that religion has academic value and should be counted in the curriculum. Rejection of this aspect included in LOMCE was as high as 90% in both the IES and in CEIP Cacheiras of Tilos and Ramallosa, while the unitary schools that voted on Monday and Tuesday reached 74%.
As to whether religion should share teaching time with other subjects, 69.11% of the parents of Tilos were against, the same as the 74.5% of tutors from IES Cacheiras and 57.5% of the Ramallosa. Results from the Center Rural Grouped showed the two options in a statistical tie, with slight advantage to teach religion and other subjects at the same times (50.7% vs. 49.3%).
"The referendum is an opportunity for parents to pronounce on matters that affect the education of children," observes Conchi Garcia, "a way of expression that did not otherwise exist and that people demanded."
The platform Us Part Us Part is a platform for parents to defend public education and democracy. The group aims to learn the opinion of the students or, where applicable, their legal guardians in matters considered of great importance in the classroom. To that end, we are part of the proposed advisory referendum held in public schools, giving the legal guardians of the students the ability to provide their opinions to the government.