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When Learning and Faith Collide in the Classroom

Divisive or part of our rich diversity? Stephanie Harrington investigates the polarising effect of faith-based schools

The topic is Australia’s gold rush. The Year 5 students sit attentively at their desks. Upon instruction, they open their books and recite a passage American televangelist Joel Osteen has made famous.

“This is my Bible. I am what it says I am; I have what it says I have; I do what it says I should do. Today, I will be taught the word of God. I’ll boldly confess. My mind is alert; my heart is receptive; I will never be the same.”

So begins the character development class at Lighthouse Christian College, a coeducational kindergarten to Year 12 school in Keysborough, Melbourne. Although the lesson will integrate studies of the gold rush, the subtheme is: “God’s wisdom is better than being rich”.

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