Religion Education and Critical Education: The Case of Barnato Park High School in South Africa

  • Tlou Russell Choshi Barnato Park High School, Johannesburg, South Africa

Abstract

This paper uses a case of a South African public school, Barnato Park High, to reflect on if there is a space for religion education and, more specifically, a critical pedagogical approach in teaching the subject at a school that promotes a Christian ethos. I will first define the concept of critical education and religion education in South Africa, and then move onto providing a brief historical background of the school. The paper will reveal that with the school promoting a Christian character, it may be challenging for it to create an open and inclusive educational environment that exposes learners to religious diversity in South Africa and the world.

Author Biography

Tlou Russell Choshi, Barnato Park High School, Johannesburg, South Africa

Tlou Russell Choshi is Deputy Principal at Barnato Park High School, Johannesburg, South Africa.

References


  • Barnato Park High School. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnato_Park_High_School

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  • Republic of South Africa. Department of Education. (2003). National Policy on Religion and Education. Pretoria: Department of Education.

Published
2018-09-30
How to Cite
CHOSHI, Tlou Russell. Religion Education and Critical Education: The Case of Barnato Park High School in South Africa. Changing Societies & Personalities, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 3, p. 271-274, sep. 2018. ISSN 2587-8964. Available at: <https://changing-sp.com/ojs/index.php/csp/article/view/47>. Date accessed: 16 dec. 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.15826/csp.2018.2.3.044.