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Public schools should teach about world religions

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/11/2014 Category: Education
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Inquistive

Pro

World religions should be taught at public schools to widen students' knowledge about the world and other cultures. Teaching about religions worldwide would not be offensive as long as you include all of them and describe them accurately. The class could be offered as an elective and many students would be inclined to join as it may be interesting.

Teaching about these religions would also foster a new understanding and appreciation. Take for example Islam. There are some people who think all Muslims are terrorists. If they were to learn more about the religion they would hopefully discover that Islam is a peaceful religion that does not believe in killing.

Students may even learn more about their own religion. I know that my mother doesn't want me to convert to another religion without researching and knowing what would be the best choice and a class like that would give students the perfect opportunity to learn and make the decision on their own on what to believe.

Religions should be mentioned in schools because the truth is, they're there and will effect a lot of your decisions. Many students actually don't care about any mentions of religion and if they do, most of the time it's a minor thing they can either get help with or get over.
flint149

Con

I agree that it gives more knowledge of other cultures to the students. Yet at the same time it might put in doubt the religion that the students believe. Many religions have similar or the same gods, and students are not yet fully devoted to their religion at that age. Learning that there are other possibilities might cause the students to start following a different religion, angering the parents.
Debate Round No. 1
Inquistive

Pro

I see how it may be confusing but that is why the teacher would be there to guide the student. Yes, parents may become angered but ultimately, it is the person's choice if they want to convert or not. If the parents stand against it that much, then they may teach their child otherwise. As well, making it an elective makes the student have the choice on whether or not to take it.

The program is there to inform, what the student does with that information is completely different. You can show them what their options are but the choice is theirs. It is best to show students other religions so they can choose for themselves and become more understanding. You also don't want a student blindly converting without knowing the whole facts, which may be a deciding factor. Students should be able to know what they could be getting into, or staying away from.

The purpose would not be to convince of an opinion but to inform to help them decide on their own.
flint149

Con

The problem with teachers teaching different religions is they might believe in one specific religion and unconsciously make their religion seem like the ultimate and true religion. The teacher might influence the students belief causing a promotion in that specific religion. That in turn will make the school board have to take action ageist the teacher. That might make the teacher lose her job.
Debate Round No. 2
Inquistive

Pro

With any course being taught, the teacher would have to take a class to teach it. Many public schools already have rules about promoting one's own religion. If the teacher then after having a class and having read the rules, decided to do that, then yes, administrative action should take place. It may be better to find teachers who are indifferent to any certain religion to teach the class. Many people would understand to be careful, if they aren't then that's their fault.
flint149

Con

flint149 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
Inquistive

Pro

As I have said before, public schools should teach about world religions not as fact, but as informing about the religion. This being taught would clear up more confusion and bias and would help kids be educated more before making a decision on what they want to worship or just learn about new cultures and traditions.
flint149

Con

flint149 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
Inquistive

Pro

Inquistive forfeited this round.
flint149

Con

flint149 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by thundertube7 2 years ago
thundertube7
I son't see any problem with it. Plus this may help people accept that people have different religions than them.
Posted by TheRussian 2 years ago
TheRussian
Are you suggesting a totally separate course for this?
Posted by Wylted 2 years ago
Wylted
I'm an atheist and don't see a problem with it. I'm not sure why liberals are against it, but it actually seems like they're okay with roman mythology they're just oddly against any abrahamic religion.
Posted by chewster911 2 years ago
chewster911
It's okay to teach the religions and learn about them, but it's not okay to teach them as a fact. My opinion.
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Reasons for voting decision: Conduct - Pro because of less forfeits. Arguments - Pro because arguments were more thought out, more relevant, and better explained.