In our Spring 2023 edition, our cover story is based on the superb movie ‘Where is Anne Frank?’ If this oh-so-influential young voice of Judaism from the deadly Nazi past in Amsterdam is today found only in museums we are in trouble. The film asks: where is Anne Frank today? Wherever people are marginalised, victimised or denied their freedoms by oppression‚ there’s Anne Frank now. Show it to your classes.
This edition’s theme is visions of RE, in which a pupils’ personal position is challenged, or deepened, or relativised by a close encounter with lots of other experiences, ideas and perspectives. I think we have a good set of ‘yesterdays’ in RE / RVE / RME in which the power of good learning to explore respect for others, encounter with diversity and how I stand in relation to the rest of humanity has been alive.
For all our tomorrows, as teachers of RE, the ambition, I’d suggest, remains: whatever future shapes the subject takes, it will thrive if our pupils leave their lessons wondering about their own beliefs, values, ideas and ways of living.
The magazine has 50+ ideas about how this might happen in its pages this term. I hope you find some to use, and enjoy.