In November 2011, Ron Williams, Secular Public Education managing director, was invited to meet with key Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) representatives in roundtable discussions regarding the place of religion and ethics in the Australian Curriculum. The consultation was initiated to identify opportunities for learning about religion and ethics in the Australian Curriculum and to explore approaches to supporting this learning. During this conference and subsequent consultations with ACARA, the concept of a P-12 curriculum course to be known as Faith, Philosophy, and Fable – a history of human contemplation was introduced to the conversation. While FP&F was not to find a place within the Australian National Curriculum on that occasion, the model remained in the background for future establishment.
We are proud to announce that the development of Faith, Philosophy, and Fable – a history of human contemplation has commenced. Supported by exciting and engaging modular and P-12 graded multimedia resources and materials, FP&F will explore human contemplation from the earliest known manifestations some 300,000 years ago. From Middle Paleolithic burial rites and rituals through the anthropomorphic ‘Lion Man’ figurine of c. 38,000 BCE, the Upper Paleolithic Venus of Hohle Fels, to the Sumerian deities of the 3rd millennium BCE, Mesopotamian mythology, the development of eastern and western philosophies and belief systems and the Enlightenment, FP&F will comprehensively observe the astonishing history of human thought—the how, when, where, and why.
In accord with our quest to further the cause of secular public education, the development, production, and distribution of Faith, Philosophy, and Fable – a history of human contemplation is a not-for-profit endeavour. During the developmental stages of FP&F, a series of pilot modules will be produced—the first being titled Ethic of Reciprocity – the Golden Rule across 4,000 years.