Thursday, August 18

Pilar Alegría reduces the hours of Religion in the classes of children from 6 to 12 years old




The Ministry of Education has completed the final draft of the royal decree, which ABC has agreed to, which establishes the teachings of Primary education, that is, the stage in which students from 6 to 12 years old study.

This draft will have to go to the State School Council and, according to Education sources, it has already been sent to the communities, while some of them assure that they have not received anything and that they have found out from the media.

The main novelty is that the Religion subject reduces its schedule from 300 to 210 hours, while instead of the 300 that it had with the Organic Law of Education (LOE) of 2006. That is, 70 hours in each of the three cycles into which the Primary stage is divided

On the contrary, other subjects such as Art Education, with 360 hours in total (120 in each of the three cycles of the stage) when in the socialist law of 2006 it had 315. The same happens with Mathematics, which will have 545 hours in the three cycles, while with the LOE it had 560 hours. Spanish Language and Literature goes up to 840 hours.

Knowledge of the natural, social and cultural environment goes to 480 hours from the 490 hours it had (160 in each of the three Primary cycles). But in practice it does not mean a reduction in hours. Why? Because Alegría now has fewer hours ‘at his disposal’ to distribute than the Socialists had with the LOE of 2006.

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And it is that the current norm, the Lomloe (better known as’ Celaá law) indicates that the minimum teachings will require 50 percent of the school hours (that is, those distributed by the State) in the case of autonomous communities with a co-official language and 60 percent for those that do not have it. While with the LOE the State had more margin: 55 percent and 65 respectively. In this way, the ‘power’ of the State over matters is reduced by between 5 and 10 percent.

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This Monday the Episcopal Conference published the drafts of the curriculum of the Religion subject for the stages of Infant, Primary and Compulsory Secondary Education (ESO). The elaboration of the content of this matter, once the ‘Celaá law’ is approved, corresponds to the bishops because it is determined by the existing agreement between the State and the Holy See.

The curriculum is approached in the case of ESO from a “Christian perspective” and also “inclusive“And also highlight” the socialization of boys and girls in harmony with their personal, affective and emotional autonomy “in the case of the second cycle of Infant, as well as the”construction of personal autonomy and emotional balance of boys and girls». Emphasis is also placed on “human dignity” in addition to “the knowledge of Jesus Christ, the History of Salvation and the Church.”

On this occasion, although it is not usual, the bishops have decided to submit the drafts to public consultation from this Monday until next October 21. However, the largest employer of the concerted, Catholic Schools, has not seen favorably that they are invited to participate a posteriori, that is, after the curricula have been prepared.

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“We are facing a great opportunity to make a great curriculum that takes advantage of the knowledge of the Episcopal Conference and the experience of Catholic Schools,” he says. Luis Centeno, deputy general secretary of the employer’s association.

The Episcopal Conference argues that to develop the curriculum, first a forum was organized for which they did have Catholic Schools, which was followed by the creation of a series of working groups in which they were not contacted, reports L. Daniele. From Catholic Schools, however, they point out that the forum was attended by one of its members but “in a personal capacity.”

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