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Tue, Mar. 13th, 2007, 05:04 pm
Learn me a thing or two..

So... they've been talking on the ole radio about attempting to create understanding and more tolerance by requiring kids be taught about religion in school.

I've got a couple issues with this...

1. I doubt they will give equal time to all religions and all 'sects'.
2. You do learn a bit about religion in social studies in order to understand world history. I don't mind expanding that, but I don't think taking something away to put in religion is good.
3. I think that because people can be kind of sensitive about religion, schools are going to have issues. If little Suzie learns about Taoism and decides to investigate/convert, Mom and Dad are going to think the mean ole teacher brainwashed her.
4. Given the number of religions and the amount of docterine/history of each, it would take many many years to get much of an understanding. Without that detailed understanding I'd be worried that the students would be left with a few bullets off a teaching slide at most(stereotypes). All we need now is more stereotypes and uninformed opinions.

Wed, Mar. 14th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
pfloyd

I wholeheartedly agree. Religion is a personal thing. The only schools is should be taught in is a school based on that religion.
Plus, if you have, say, "Wicca Week" or "Buddhist Tuesday," you're going to have parents that will object to their kids learning about that religion, and they'll pull their kids from school that day or week. It will turn into the recent cases of parents protesting against anything even remotely hinting at homosexuality in the class.

I could see, perhaps, an elective Comparative Religion course in high school, since you may not really have to take more than two years of history courses (depending on your school system).

Of course, that's just my opinion, I could be full of it.