Should Religion be taught in all Schools?...

@aseretdd (13736)
Philippines
February 22, 2008 1:43am CST
In a sense that it will be taught as a separate subject... I say religion because it is a fact that a classroom can be composed of students with different beliefs... so teaching religion should have a universal approach... I am a product of a Catholic school so i know the importance and advantages of learning about Catholic doctrines... and i don't think studying religion should be scrapped from the curriculum just because there is this what we call now religious freedom... Children at a very early age should be aware about the different faiths in the world so as to instill in them respect and tolerance in dealing with people with different religious beliefs... So how about you?... do you think religion should be taught in all schools as a separate subject?...
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• Philippines
22 Feb 08
I believe that Religion should be taught in school. Of course, the school has to make sure that the curriculum is designed in such a way that the subject will not just focus on one religion. They have to be considerate of other beliefs as well. I finished my grade school in a Catholic school and I have learned Religion for 6 straight years. Unfortunately, they focused on Christianity specifically Catholicism. It would have been better if they also taught us about other beliefs/religions.
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@aminion (130)
• Canada
23 Feb 08
NO I think religion should not be taught in school. We live in such a multi cultural society today, we is to decide which religion is to be taught. How would you feel if you where told at school your child was going to be taught a different religion than what you are? I believe in god don't get me wrong. My children go to Sunday school. That is there school for learning about God. Everyone has a right to go to there church of choice why should we push it on children in school that might not believe the same thing you do..............
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
25 Feb 08
Being a Catholic... i also think that i should have knowledge and understanding about the other religions in the world... and i agree with dolce_vita78... religion as a subject is not suppose to be a venue to force a certain religion on others but a way to instill respect and tolerance for the religion of others... Yes there are certain sunday schools... but these teach only one religion and disregard the others... so how can the kids understand why others follow a certain religion...
@skinnychick (6907)
• United States
22 Feb 08
I believe that religion should be taught in schools. I go to a private college and we are required to take a Theology course. I'm not a Christian and I was dreading this course. It ended up being one of my favorites in the end because it taught almost every single religion, belief, etc...not just one. I think it would be great for schools to let kids now there is more than one religion out there. They can learn about them all and make an educated choice as to what the best religion is for them, instead of having a certain religion shoved down their throat. That is what makes people stray from religion instead of embracing it.
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
25 Feb 08
I am glad that you are living proof that religion as a subject is generally not bad... but good for most students... although it can also be a venue for abuse... but we must consider the positive side of it... i also agree that forcing one to follow a certain religion is not good... all people should be given the right to choose the religion that they want to follow... thanks for the response...
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• United States
25 Feb 08
My pleasure it was an interesting question! Have a great night!
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• United States
2 Apr 08
Thanks so much for the best response! :)
@SViswan (12071)
• India
22 Feb 08
I'm not sure about religion being taught as a different subject at school...kids from all religious backgrounds attend the same school. I attended a Catholic school...and they would have Catechism classes in the morning. We, non-Catholics were not forced to attend but free to attend if we wished to. Except for the fact that we were having fun while the Catholics were learning something, I didn't think of it much. I think a Value education class would be great instead of focussing on any one religion. That can cater to everyone without hurting sentiments...or having schools segregating children by religion. Or a Religion class that talks about all the religions (that are common in the area).
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
25 Feb 08
The religion subject that i meant here is a subject that will not concentrate on only one religion... but will tackle the major and minor ones... thus, schools can instill the value of understanding, tolerance, and respect for the belief of others... I studied in a Catholic school all my life... and all students even the none Catholics were required to go the Catechism... if the none Catholics do not want to... they are free to transfer to another school... and i think that is somewhat cruel... but as a student back then... i do not have any voice on the matter... thanks for the response...
@SViswan (12071)
• India
25 Feb 08
Oh! We have that as a subject in all the schools...it's called Moral Science or Value Education (that's what it is called at my son's school).
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
25 Feb 08
So in Moral Science... do they teach about the different major religions... not just christianity in particular?...
• India
10 Mar 08
No, religion should not be taught in school or on the flip side, the essence of all religions should be taught and followed in school. We educate our children in the hope that they are the future citizens of this world and hence should have the knowledge and the wisdom to be able to differentiate between right and wrong and that their formative years should be spent in the inculcation of humane values and not blind dogma. Religion without its in-depth study creates a false sense of belonging to an idea which is impossible for a child to comprehend in its entirety. However, in-depth study of religion is not feasible without compromising on the other secular subjects. So I believe that we can let go of religion and instead concentrate on building better intelligent citizens who can then decide what they should follow and what they should shun.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
11 Mar 08
The religion subject that i am referring to is one that is not concentrated on only one religion... but a subject that will discussion the major and minor religions of the world... which in effect will foster a better understanding of other beliefs and cultures thus... tolerance and respect will follow... it will not force the student to follow a certain religion... but just pure understanding and knowledge... thanks for the response...
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
9 Mar 08
I feel that religion is a very personal matter. If religion is to be taught in PUBLIC school, then the course should be something entitled 'Religions of the World' and it should teach an overview of all the religions and teach tolerance. As for teaching a particular faith or religion, I feel that should be reserved for a particular parochial school that is supported by that faith/religion. That is just my opinion on a very touchy subject!
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
10 Mar 08
This is exactly my point... i also think that religion is a personal matter... but that shouldn't stop schools from teaching an overview of all realigions of the world... whether it be a minor or major one... thanks for the response...
@manya_pearl (1905)
• Singapore
25 Feb 08
I think its depend on the school. If that school is a general or public school, i dont think its needed. But always for Christian, Catholic, or Muslim school, they have subjects for religion.
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
25 Feb 08
Well, i am referring to a comparative religion subject where the similarities and differences of major and minor religions will be discussed... and this is can be best implemented in public schools... thanks for the response...
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
24 Feb 08
i would take religion out of education all together, it has no place there. Surely, the only people compitent to advise on religion are the parents at home blessed be
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
25 Feb 08
But not all parents instruct or even advice their children about religion... both my parents are Catholic... but they never did teach me anything about the religion... all i know about this... i learned from school... and the church... so if parents won't instruct their kids... who will?... thanks for the response...
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
24 Feb 08
I am a primary school teacher. I spend my first year of teaching in a Catholic school. Discipline was good and the children loved it when Father visited. However much time was spent praying, at the start of the day, before and after eating and before going home. Events were often long and tiring for the children like at Easter Stations of the Cross. I have taught in Church of England schools and again the religion is pushed to the children through Bible stories, assembly and in RE lessons. I had a Jehovah Witness child in my class in the small village school. She had to leave the room if what we were going to do was not suitable for her religion. I think the best schools are multi faith and different festivals can be celebrated like for Judaism, Hinduism and so on. I think children should grow up knowing about and respecting other people's beliefs. I think religion should be a separate subject and I don't think assembly should have a totally Christian theme to it.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
25 Feb 08
I studied and taught in a strictly Catholic school run by nuns... and they don't even accept students that are not Catholic... so almost everyone kinda embrace everything taught in religion classes... but i do agree with you that children should grow up knowing about the belief of other people... instilling respect and tolerance at a young age is always the best... thanks for the response...
@jsmith12 (438)
• Canada
23 Feb 08
I don't think it's a good idea. All they'll touch on is the major religions. What about the less popular ones? The contraversial ones? It's not a good idea there's too many ways of it going wrong. Too many things that can be injected to make a student biase towards a religion or another.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
25 Feb 08
What you mentioned are indeed some of the flaws attached to teaching religion as a subject... we must also take into consideration the positive aspect of this... and i think that not only the major religions should be discussed but the minor and especially the controversial ones as well... thanks for the response...
@sang2k2 (1834)
• India
23 Feb 08
yeh relision should be a part of school. Children should be taught the need of relision the different beliefs of the human race. First thing to be taught should be "the human race" and than the belief of humans in their religion. There shouldnt be dominance to one single religion at the school level. the kids should also be treated equally. It shouldnt form a separate subject it should be generalise and should form part of any other subject like general awareness or society awareness.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
25 Feb 08
Thank you for the response... and yes i agree that there shouldn't be any dominace of a single religion when a sort of comparative religion subject is being taught... each should be taugh equally even if a bulk of the students belong to only one religion... this will surely instill respect and tolerance...
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
23 Feb 08
Not only is religion a very fascinating topic but educational as well. I think that by teaching our children about the different regligions and beliefs of others, we will be teaching them understanding and tolerance. I think it is sad that they removed it from the schools.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
25 Feb 08
I am glad that you can see the positive side of teaching religion or comparative religion as an academic subject in schools... maybe the main reason why it was removed is because... schools tend to teach only one religion... thanks for the response...
@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
23 Feb 08
I think Religion is an important subject that should be taught in all schools. But I said "Religion" not Catholicism, or Presbyterianism or any other single denomination of Religion. Each denomination should be studied separately so the students can make up their own minds. There should be No Brainwashing such as the Catholic School system in Ontario Canada has been doing.
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
25 Feb 08
I guess you got my point... here... religion as a separate subject which will deal with the different religions of the world... whether they be major or minor ones... so that student can make their own choice or strengthen their belief for their own religion... thanks for the response...
@inked4life (4227)
• United States
23 Feb 08
No....To me, religion is a very personal thing that may mean something different for everyone. To try and come up with a standardized curriculum that makes everyone happy would be a total nightmare. Religion, IMHO, is beast taught in places of worship and in the home
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
25 Feb 08
Well this is one of the reasons why religion/comparative religion should be taught as a seprate academic subject in schools... there are many of them and a lot of the world's troubles started because of the many different religions of the world... Religion as an academic subject can be the start of instilling respect and tolerance among the future generation... and yes, i also agree that religion is a personal thing... but that must not stop us from understanding and gaining knowledge of others...
@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
22 Feb 08
I think teaching religion in schools would be a very difficult thing, if you were trying to make it all-inclusive and non-biased. First you have to get the teachers to set aside their own religious bias in order to not try to proselytize to students or emphasize their religion over others. That can be a very tough thing, especially if the teacher is part of a religious group that believes everyone of any other religion will be eternally punished or some such. Another issue is the question of which religions to teach. Do you just teach the "major" world religions? Do you consider which religions are most popular in your area, or even what the religions of the students in your class are? If it's tailored depending on area or students, that's a lot of effort for a specialized curriculum that could change quite often depending on population changes or students. If you leave out the religion of even a single one of the students, you're going to leave that student feeling ostracized and perhaps even maligned, not to mention possibly have to face the wrath of the parents of that student. I love comparative religions classes and other religious classes in college or even high school if they're elective and done well, but I can't say I would advocate a religion class for younger students or one that was compulsory. It would simply be too difficult to cover all the bases, and it would leave any minority whose beliefs aren't covered even more open to religious prejudice.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
25 Feb 08
There are indeed a lot of issues to iron out before this sort of thing can be implemented... but then... experience is the best policy... and the only way to know if this will actually work is to experience it first hand... and then just add the necessary changes needed... I do agree that a comparative religion subject can be a venue for fanatics to force their own beliefs upon others... but this is were the school administration should step in... but hiring only those teachers that are qualified and not bias... thanks for the response...
• United States
22 Feb 08
No I think that religion should be taught in the home or at church unless the parents send their children to a religious school. I feel religion is a private thing and I do not think someone should be teaching their beleifs on my children.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
25 Feb 08
Yes, i also think that one's personal religion should be taught in the home and church... but what i meant here is a comparative religion subject where the differences and similarities between the major and manor religions are studied... i think this is very important since a lot of us lack certain knowledge about other religions... which makes us judge them in a not so fair manner... thanks for the response...
@SUMM3R (18)
• United States
22 Feb 08
I dont think religion should be taught in schools... Thats what church is for and should be the responsibility of the parents. There are many different religions in the world now and i dont feel that someone elses views should be pushed on children whose families believe in something totally different from what is being taught. I believe that the choice of teaching children about religion should be left to the parents and the church in which they attend.
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
25 Feb 08
I am referring to a religion subject that teaches the similarities and differences of the major and minor religions of the world... and this will then lead to a better understanding, tolerance, and foster respect... but i agree that one's personal religion should be strengthened by the parents and church they attend to... thanks for the response...
• United States
22 Feb 08
I wouldnt object to religion being taught as an elective course that the child and parents could choose to take or not to take. I dont believe religion should be mandatory in schools at all.
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
25 Feb 08
Well if the religion subject teaches only one religion... then students should have the option not to take it... but if the subject is treated as an academic subject which studies about the similarities and differences of the major and minor religions of the world... then there is not need for it to be an elective course... thanks for the response...
@vicky30 (4777)
• India
22 Feb 08
Yes i think religion should be taught in schools.In our school there were two different subjects religion and morals.Our school was a catholic school,so people who were catholic and protestants used to attend religion while remaining all students were made to attend morals.I was a protestant.i liked to attend morals class.but the school teachers forced me to attend religion.
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
25 Feb 08
I don't think it is right to force someone to attend a religion subject that teaches only about one religion... Christianity or Catholicism is mainly about freewill or the freedom to choose between right and wrong... it would have been a lot better if the religion class teaches about the major religions of the world... concentrating on the similarities and differences... thanks for the response...
@whittby (3073)
• United States
22 Feb 08
I think religion could be taught at the high school level as a comparative religions class. It would probably have to be an electiv. At the grade school level, the kids don't have the critical thinking skills to look across the board so to speak and examine and evaluate different religions. Not all families have the knowledge or will teach their children about different faiths - hopefully this class would instill tolerance and understanding of cultures other than their own. whit
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
25 Feb 08
I think grade school level kids should also be thought about the religions of the world... but in a simple manner that they can grasp easily... tolerance, respect, and understanding should be instilled in the earliest possible manner... and i do agree about using the term comparative religion class... i should have used this when i started the discussion... since some who responded misinterpreted my topic... thanks for the response...
@jodazaca (36)
• United States
22 Feb 08
I think there should be a class that covers all world religions.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
25 Feb 08
Thank you for the response... and welcome to mylot... but i hope you can elaborate more... but i do agree with you... there should be a certain subject that will teach about the different religions of the world...