There’s no separation of church and state in Britain. In fact, there’s a state church and religious education is mandatory in public schools. But they can’t seem to figure out how to teach religion in a multicultural, mostly secular society. In Scotland, the solution is to water down Christianity till it’s inoffensive to everyone — except Christians. From The Scotsman:
The Lord’s Prayer and traditional hymns are to be replaced by spiritual reflection and “person-centred discussions” under radical new plans to revamp school assemblies in an attempt to reach out to children turned off by organised religion.
. . . Many teachers now believe that bible-reading and hymns have little relevance to modern pupils, and experts claim that traditional religious instruction can be counter-productive.
The conclusion they reach is that schools should instead seek to nurture the “spiritual nature” of pupils, and encourage them to pursue their own ethical code on society, morality and community.
Examples already given include assemblies which discuss the values of figures such as Martin Luther King, or discussions on the power of volcanoes.
Religions would only then be referred to only by how they interpret such spiritual or ethical matters.
A report found that a majority of Scottish principals “believe religious ceremonies in their schools lead to tensions among pupils. Protestant and Catholic faiths are widely associated with bigotry amongst many teachers.”
The whole thing makes separation of church and state look good.