The teaching of religion in Spain since the approval of the Constitution (1978-2002)

Teófilo González Vila.


The subject treated is the development of the regulation of the teaching of religion since the approval of the Constitution (1978). At present, schools must offer religious instruction, although it is not compulsory for pupils to attend. Those who do not attend must take part in alternative activities, which are not assessed. This leads to an unsatisfactory situation. After a discussion of different proposals presently considered in an effort to arrive at a new regulation, requirements are examined for a new formula to be accepted as satisfactory both by the religious and the laicist sectors.


Key words: Teaching of religion, school religious instruction, religious education, ethic and civic education, alternative subjects, alternative activities, catechisms, sciences of religion

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