Has the art of respectfully discussing ideas been lost? This question was raised in the article Disagreeing Well, written by Stephen Kinsella, that discussed four foundational attitudes: the first three - listen well, maintain an open mind, and respect the person – apply to schools in general; the fourth - give reason for the hope you have – has particular application for discussion about the Christian faith.
In response to the positive feedback and interest in the article, a curated reference list of resources is provided to develop and support professional learning in our school communities. There may be benefits in incorporating these resources into staff professional learning sessions as they can form a framework for discussion and develop confidence amongst the school staff to engage with a culture of alternative perspectives in a post-Christian, post-churched world.
Anglican EdComm and St Andrew’s Cathedral School presented an inaugural seminar ‘Finding Balance and Meeting the Challenges’ on May 2, and the topics offered were shaped by advice from current education students at various universities.
The purpose of the evening was to prepare and support pre-service teachers as they apply and interview for teaching positions, and consider how they will integrate their faith and work for the growth of the gospel.