Melbourne Grammar School
27 – 29 March 2020
Our current age has been described as volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. We seem to be preparing our young people for a future of unparalleled change and uncertainty.
The environmental crisis, artificial intelligence, advances in gene editing, rising wealth inequality, the evolution of social media, fake news, geopolitical tensions, challenges to democracy … The list can go on … and, amidst all of this, young people struggle with questions as ancient as human civilization – Who am I? and How shall I live? – and many struggle to find meaning and purpose in a world that can seem individualistic, competitive and shallow.
There are clearly larger questions here about schooling and life-long education – how best to equip students with the critical and emotional skills they will need to make good decisions and live fulfilling lives.
Religious Education and Philosophy can play a significant role in this broader educational landscape and this Conference will bring together international academics and successful classroom teachers to explore these important issues.
- Tim Costello AO (Former Chief Executive of World Vision Australia)
- Dr Felicity McCutcheon (Head of Teaching & Learning, Melbourne Grammar School)
- Professor Toby Walsh (Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of New South Wales and Data61)
- Mark Case (Deputy Head of Pastoral, Oxley College, NSW)
- Dr Luke Russell (Lecturer in Moral Philosophy and Critical Thinking, University of Sydney)
Plus practical workshops led by experienced classroom teachers.
Conference workshop proposals
There is still the opportunity to submit a workshop proposal for the 2020 DAN Conference. The workshops will have a practical classroom focus and broad guidelines are as follows:
- Teaching ethics
- Critical and creative approaches
- Introducing a scheme of work or lesson plan
- Secondary or primary curriculum
Topics to include:
- Teaching ethical theory
- Applied ethics
- Christian ethics
- Comparative religious ethics
- Inter-disciplinary approaches
- Ethics and film
- The General Capabilities and the Australian Curriculum
Please send proposals to Jeremy Hall (email@example.com) as soon as possible and no later than Friday 31 January 2020.