The British Humanist Association have launched a new website with education resources for teaching Humanism in schools. This is great news! What with the Humanist Society of Scotland launching its education strategy and the launch of the Humanist Academy, there is now a plethora of materials available for learning about Humanism. Teachers, parents and pupils alike can look around and choose the most relevant materials for them. So what does the new BHA website have to offer?
Following the recommendation in the 2004 National Framework for RE that Humanism be included as an example of a non-religious worldview, the BHA have created resources for pupils from 5 to 16 years. These resources are provided on the new Humanism for Schools website which includes teaching toolkits, humanist perspectives, a library and some assembly ideas. There are six toolkits ranging from what humanists celebrate to discussing how we tell right from wrong. Resources include video clips, worksheets and powerpoint presentation materials. There are even appearances from the popular children’s author, Philip Pullman.
I certainly haven’t read all the materials but it looks quite promising. The site design is pretty clean and easy to navigate with some simple pictures to liven it up. I’m also pleased that there’s a diverse range of humanists represented with regards to age, gender and ethnicity. I’d love to know what other people think of them. Please feel free to comment!