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ceruleanpolymer
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tvellalott
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Religious studies should be part of the cirriculum in public high schools.

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 5/21/2011 Category: Religion
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Voting Period
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ceruleanpolymer

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The first round is for acceptance. Argumentation begins in the second round. Essentially, what I'm arguing for that public high schools should be allowed to openly discuss religion as part of the curriculum. Religious topics would be studied from an academic standpoint. Religious studies would include major concepts of religion and spirituality throughout human history and would be taught in a specific school department.
tvellalott

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I accept.
Debate Round No. 1
ceruleanpolymer

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ceruleanpolymer forfeited this round.
tvellalott

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OPENING
I’m disappointed my opponent wasn’t able to complete his second round as I genuinely wanted to debate this topic. I’ll see if I can make some arguments based on what he has given…

ARGUMENTS

“Religious topics would be studied from an academic standpoint. Religious studies would include major concepts of religion and spirituality throughout human history and would be taught in a specific school department.”

LETTING THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG
I believe this to be a very dangerous thought indeed. Though I’m sure my opponent and anyone else who supported studying religion from a secular point-of-view do so with the best of intentions, it lets the metaphorical cat out of the bag.

You can be certain that people with ‘divine’ agendas and ulterior motives would take advantage of such a decree as much as possible. This is a gaping loop hole waiting to happen! How do you differentiate between “Teaching about Religion” and “Teaching Religion”? You can be certain that groups like the Discovery Institute would support your notion as well and would probably even help you write up a curriculum.

WHAT’S THE POINT, ANYWAY?
Furthermore, why do we need to teach Religion in a public school anyway? We already have philosophy and history as subjects. A simple tweaking of these subjects would more than accomplish what a “Religion” class could, without taking from the time of more important subjects, like English, Math and Science.

CONCLUSION
We don’t need to teach Religious Studies in Public Schools. If parent’s want a religious aspect to their children’s education they can put them into a Private school which facilitates for those things. Given the huge possibility of controversy and the needlessness of it, it is clearly a bad idea.

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Debate Round No. 2
ceruleanpolymer

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ceruleanpolymer forfeited this round.
tvellalott

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tvellalott forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by tvellalott 5 years ago
tvellalott
I am.
Posted by ExNihilo 5 years ago
ExNihilo
I don't think anybody is opposed to teaching religion, especially since there is a comparative religions class available in many schools. The question ought to be should religion be taught alongside science?
Posted by JacobHession 5 years ago
JacobHession
This is a great topic. I would love to debate it if I didn't agree with you completely.
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