Inclusive Study of Religions and World Views in Schools: Signposts from the Council of Europe
This article is mainly about the book ‘Signposts’. It is available in two formats. The first was published in the journal ‘Social Inclusion’. This article was selected to be a Council of Europe paper, and the second version is in the Council of Europe format.
Authors: Robert Jackson
Signposts is designed to assist policy makers and practitioners in interpreting and applying ideas from the 2008 Recommendation from the Committee of Ministers (the Foreign Ministers of the 47 member states) dealing with education about religions and non-religious convictions. Various issues raised by the Signposts document are considered in the article/Council of Europe paper. Towards the end of the article, recent UK and Council of Europe policies which emphasise the study of religions and beliefs as a means to counter extremism, and which have appeared since the publication of Signposts, are summarised and discussed critically. Attention is drawn to the dangers of certain policies, and also to the plurality of aims which studies of religions and non-religious world views need to have in providing a balanced educational programme.