The government’s proposals for a school reform include a proposal to rename
the subject Christianity to Religion, although the content of classes will
remain the same, according to Kristeligt Dagblad.
“We find ‘religion’ covers the syllabus content better and is more modern.
Christianity will still be central to content because we live in a country
in which Christianity has been our cultural fulcrum for centuries,” Social
Democratic Education Spokesman Troels Ravn tells Kristeligt Dagblad.
“But at the same time we have to modernise the subject because we now have a
society in which other religions play a role,” he adds.
Ravn says that the name change is not a main issue in the reform, but will be
part of the negotiating process that follows the publication of the
government’s reform proposals.
The current government parties have previously suggested a name-change for the
subject, with Education Minister Christine Antorini (SocDem) telling
Kristeligt Dagblad a year ago that “it is important that the subject is
Centre-right education spokesmen are surprised at the proposal, with
Conservative Spokeswoman Mai Henriksen saying she is sceptical.
“It is important for us to keep the original name. It is important because it
signals what the subject is about and because it affects the way it is
taught,” Henriksen tells Kristeligt Dagblad.
The Danish People’s Party is even more adamant.
“Denmark is a Christian country; Christianity is the foundation of our society
and must therefore be weighted most… A name change will send the wrong
signal and put all religions on the same footing,” says Alex Ahrendtsen.
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