Should there be religious schools?

September 21, 2006 2:00pm CST
Schools for catholics, muslims and the like? Isn't it just like the old tradition of 'boys and girls' being seperated? It was impratical, surely something like this can only increase religious tensions?
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@Stiletto (4584)
20 Oct 06
No there should not be faith schools. If parents want their children to be instructed in a particular religion then they should provide that instruction at home or outside school hours. For most of us school provides not just an education but also the first steps in becoming a member of society. What message does it give to children if the Catholics go to one school and the Muslims go to another? Segregating children according to their parents religious beliefs is divisive and unnecessary.
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21 Oct 06
Well put.
@rmuxagirl (7568)
• United States
31 Oct 06
I think it goes back to segregation, but of a different sort. Instead of seperating each other based on race, we'll do it based on religion and that's not right. There are already private catholic schools, but there is a choice to go there not an obligation. I heard on the news that some schools may seperate classes based on gender cause they think girls learn faster than boys. Where are we headed with seperating everyone?? What's that gonna teach our children?
• United States
17 Nov 06
This has nothing to do with segregation, which is forced, and separation, which is choice. Some parents, mine thankfully, want their children to be raised in an educational system that will teach some moral values, since public schools are afraid to do so these days.
@sellj75 (208)
• United States
28 Oct 06
The option should be there, just like any other freedoms we have. This isn't just an issue of boys or girls, but of the freedoms that the constitutions guarantees us, essentially the freedom of religon. No one is forcing anyone to put there kids in a religous school, but we should all be allowed that option, just as we have the option of taking our kids to a place of worship.
@Aali311 (6127)
• United States
17 Nov 06
I agree with you, its a very good point you state here.
@heesaf (741)
• India
21 Oct 06
Yes there shouls be religious school.Whats wrong in it.
• Philippines
22 Dec 06
what's wrong is that children who are sent to religious schools are given only a limited view of the world. i was raised in a catholic school. almost half of my life i went to a catholic school. then when i went to college, i realized the so many things i have missed out on while i was in catholic school.
• United States
21 Oct 06
Maybe that is the best thing for girls and boys to be seperated until time to get married. Keep them out of trouble for a longer period of time hopefully. Why would it increase religious tensions? God Bless
21 Oct 06
It wasn't a point of "Boys and girls" really, I was referencing that it was essentially the same thing although naturally without the religious tensions. If you have Muslims going to the Muslim school, Catholics to Catholics, there is no time for one another/anyone else to actually get to know each other to increase tolerance in society and the respect for one anothers religions. Many people find it easy to 'hate' people at first glance, but it's hard to hate someone/a religion if you've grown up in full knowledge of it rather than it being hidden away in faith schools and increasing seperation. I'm not saying do away with faith learning at all, as it's important for all of us regardless of religion, though surely an education system is just that, it has no bias towards a religion.
• United States
20 Oct 06
A Catholic school does not necessarily mean separating boys and girls. Where I live the Catholic schools are co-ed. ANd yes, I think the option should exist.
21 Oct 06
I didn't mean in terms of "boys and girls" but "them and them" seperation.
• United States
22 Dec 06
I think since religion provides faith reguardless of what the religion is that children should be able to practice it in the schools they attend and not be segregated into special groups or classes. But with the growing concern with people say god needs to be out of the schools and what not I think that is immoral and impractical. yes I agree the teachers should not teach religion in public schools but in private schools if its an institution of higher learning and circled around a faith it should be allowed.
• India
22 Dec 06
well i think they are already exixting in my relegion , that we called as " MAATH" !
• Romania
22 Dec 06
yes, they strenghten faith in young people and that is important
@MrNiceGuy (4147)
• United States
22 Dec 06
No it doesn't create religious tension because only people from those religions go to those schools. The schools pay for themselves, so it would be a crime for anyone to stop them from building them. The government doesn't pay for private schools, just public non-religious schools.
@QueenLuna (124)
• Philippines
17 Nov 06
I'm not sure about religious tensions because I think this is more of a cultural choice. NOt that I am for segregation. And I don't think exclusive schools are impractical. It has been raising intellectuals and artists that have excelled throughout the decades - that surely isn't impractical.
@kesfylstra (1870)
• United States
17 Nov 06
I went to a private, Christian school from pre-school to high school graduation and I am so thankful I had that opportunity. I was able to grow up in a fairly safer environment with good, Christian teachers who encouraged me in my faith walk as well as my education. Thank goodness we live in the good ol' USA where we can choose our education, or that of our children. There is a difference between segregation and separation. We CHOSE to have a separated education, and I thank God for it.
@Aali311 (6127)
• United States
17 Nov 06
I honestly don't see a problem with religios schools, not having religious schools is like not having religions in a way. It's everyones choice to put their children in those schools and it's not compulsory.
@chaozboy (251)
• Singapore
31 Oct 06
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@HerShe (2386)
• Canada
28 Oct 06
Personally, I don't think religion has any place in schools. I think in the older gardes, if a teen is interested in religion, it should be taught as any other 'option', as id mechanics, art, business and the like. Segragration is not the way to bring the world together. It, to me, defeats the purpose of togetherness.
@asif700 (1271)
• Pakistan
26 Oct 06
yes i like it
@MidWest (33)
• United States
26 Oct 06
The United States of America gives people freedom to worship, or not, as they please. This includes the freedom of deciding whether you want your kids to go to a private school or a public school. Most religious based schools allow other denominations to attend their schools. Look at public schools. Those schools are filled with kids of many religions as well as kids with no religions. They all seem to be getting along quite well. Isn't this an example of what the USA wants to show the rest of the world. All religions and no religions can and do get along. I believe that there are still some schools out there there are all boy and all girl schools. Not hearing any problems from or about those kids. It's freedom! You, we, are free to choose what school we think is best for our kids.
@perugu (5281)
• India
21 Oct 06
hi,whats you said is correct..now a days[global village concept] also people are encouraging such schools purely for the benefits of leaderships or political milages..everybody should discourage this type of society splitting issues...
@tvnaresh (1583)
• India
19 Oct 06
Better avoid...
@aphrodisiac (1010)
• India
22 Sep 06
no there shouldnt be