The Official College of Teachers together with the Episcopal Delegation of Education begins a course on the new Catholic Religion curriculum. The course has been scheduled in the context of the XLI of the Autumn University, the most representative training offer for teachers.
From the COD they explain that the new course offers some difficult challenges for teachers. With the development of the new education law, the LOMLOE, there are many teachers who wonder how to approach their subject before a curriculum that opens this year with little room for action for the centers; in the case of the Catholic Religion, it was published on June 24.
Doubts and uncertainties
Now your Teachers have to adapt to a new design of the Religion subject that has generated doubts and uncertainties. your coordinator, Carlos Esteban Garces, a member of the pedagogical team of the Official College of Teachers, has designed a course that will approach this curriculum from a few keys: pedagogy, theology, anthropology and didactics; also from a competitive perspective.
In short, an in-depth debate that also includes guidelines on how to program the subject and give a dialogue response to the profile designed in the LOMLOE.
Educate from humanism
Eugenio Nasarrepresident of the Committee on Education and Culture in Congress and general secretary of Education during the Aznar government, analyzes the teacher-student relationship and, above all, learning from that “humanistic reconstruction” that you consider essential:
“We live in times in which the repudiation of the received inheritance prevails, in which the principles of reason and freedom are disguised and in which we walk directly to disorder. For the author of “For a humanist education” it is necessary to rediscover the educational experience that goes through valuing the authority of the teacher; for giving more weight to the contents of learning, and for promoting the intellectual and moral virtues oriented to the good.
Nasarre has insisted on the need to strengthen the educational center as an institution, from an institutional conception and defined by an educational project.
One of the novelties with the greatest impact in this new pedagogical context marked by the LOMLOE is the competence approach of the new curricula, something that “will progressively condition the programming and evaluation of the subject of Catholic religion and of the entire learning process”, has indicated Charles Stephencourse coordinator.
For its part, Alfonso Carrasco Rouco, president of the Episcopal Commission for Education and Culturehas referred to the church’s commitment to education, especially in these times when multiculturalism is very present.
has also lamented the minimum teaching load of the religion subject that he considers “necessary to give concrete content to the affirmation of the centrality of the person, by asking for real attention to the student in his most proper identity, which implies taking into account his culture, his language, his religion, his family, his particular circumstances”.
In line with the defense of humanism, the pillar of this course, has underlined the importance of “giving priority to the person of the student, something essential for an adequate understanding of education”.
Decisive role of the subject
Lastly, Carrasco Rouco wished to recall thate “Religion class plays a decisive role so that the school can fulfill its mission of comprehensive student education”.
For several days, and until next Tuesday, September 27, speakers of the stature of Ianire Angulo Ortodorika, specialist professor of Sacred Scripture at the Faculty of Theology of Granada, or Carmen Pellicer, president of the Trilema Foundation, will participate in this course.
Likewise, the aforementioned speakers will be joined by representatives of the Catholic Schools employer association and the Don Bosco Center for Higher Studies of the Complutense University of Madrid.