Religious Studies KS3: E is for Extremism

Is having different ideas always so bad? Civilised discussions and constructive inputs, no matter how unusual, should always be encouraged.

After all, even Gandhi was once considered an extremist!

Yet sometimes people see fit to use violence to make their voices heard.

This engaging, playful animation reviews instances in which religious and political beliefs were taken to the extreme.

Through the use of historical and contemporary examples, this summary shows students that extremist groups are never representative of an entire religion, and that hardship is always at the heart of radicalisation.

This is from the series: A-Z of Religion and Beliefs

Teacher Notes

This could be used to start a class discussion around the importance of free speech and civilised debate.

Pupils could name examples of extremism and when extremism can become harmful, talking about the importance of differentiating between extremist groups and religious institutions.

Curriculum Notes

This short film will be relevant for teaching KS3 Religious Studies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 3rd and 4th Level Religious and Moral Education in Scotland.

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