How Does Religious Education Contribute to Pupils Development

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The present curriculum with a focus on technology, and modern shallow coursework which simply trains the young to acquire knowledge for the sake of financial stability and monetary achievement, has created a vacuum which is recognized by educators, parents, and politicians as something which should be filled by value-based religious education, reinforcing the characteristics of the value-based performance. The education needs to inculcate in the pupils the desire to learn, explore and achieve guided by sound ethical, moral, and spiritual principles, which would nurture conscientious and ethical students whose character is molded by virtue and sense of community.The educational importance is of significant value, and emphasis should be made by adopting value-based religious education supported by the National Curriculum Council. This aspect should be incorporated into the training of the teachers as professional educators. The importance of spiritual and moral development along with physical, emotional, and mental development would enhance the success of the students and create a better and more harmonious community. There has been an unprecedented explosion of interest at all levels of educational concern in problems of values education. several discussion papers on the topics of social, moral and spiritual education have appeared (Carr, 83-98)The 20th-century advent of globalization has given greater emphasis to cultural identity and indirectly encouraged the incorporation of cultural and religious education within the framework of the educational curriculum. The religious educators, scholars, and academics of Britain led the religious studies movement that expanded the field of theory in religious education beyond the domination of the Christian traditions, giving it an inter-faith dimension. Prominent among these religious educators was Michael Grimmitt. ( GRIMMITT, 2000). Grimmitt proposed a pedagogy that clearly defined the exclusive role of the State and the Church, respectively in the arena of religious education.