Should God be taken completely out of school
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While I agree with you that kids in school should not be forced on religion, I believe that the kids that actually care about their religion or those who want to know about religions should have the choices of classes that they want. A lot of kids would jump at the chance to have a class like this, but kids that don't want the type of classes have the choice on weather to take the class or not. people today such as myself are interested in different religions and how each one of them works, and if I were to have a theology class I would have enjoyed it very much. And even though kids today aren't involved in religion like they should be, there's still that group of kids who take there or other people's religions very seriously. Some kids today when they get older, want to have a job in theology or be a cultural religion teacher. So a class in school, even if it is a public school, should be open to the students that want a class of that nature. It would help prepare them for this aspect of life and for those who want a profession in any kind of religion could benefit from this type of class.
Thank you for reading and I look forward to my opponents response.
In response to your opening statement.
While I agree knowledge of any kind should not be denied children that want to learn there are other and superior ways of obtaining theology information then a public school. Most churches and mosque have an open door policy and if additional information is needed most religious leaders will share their knowledge with someone that wants to learn. In addition theology classes are taught in college for those who would like to enter into a religious profession.
The reasons I do not believe theology should be thought in public schools are.
1. Public schools have limited resources and if theology is added it would require resources to be taken away from an already taxed system.
2. I believe high school is to prepare students for college and or real life. While I understand that religion plays an important part in many lives today, this is not a required skill for most professions.
3. If theology was added to school all major religions would have to be taught for it to be considered a class. While this sounds good to the more enlightened of us, imagine a teacher sharing the teachings of Mohamed to a class of American teenagers and what there parents would say.
I would also like to touch on one of your points (#1) that schools have limited resources. While yes, they do, they also misuse those resources a lot. My school in particular, has had roof problems for the past 4 years and the repairs have yes to be fixed, while just three months ago the seats in the Gym were replaced even though there wasn't much wrong with the old ones. you see, schools are given so much by the government and most people know that, but the schools will misuse funds on things that don't even need to be touched on, it's like (I don't know where you live exactly) the construction in Ohio, Ohio had gotten a huge salary from the federal government for construction jobs all over the state .................................................Ohio didn't even really need construction jobs because they were already done a few years back!
your next point (#2). I tend to disagree, If you haven't noticed, religion has something to do with everyday life. When people go to elect a president like in the upcoming election, they want to know what they feel about certain things, what they plan to do, and what they believe, Weather people like you or not for what you believe it affects you everyday, If we lived in a world where Muslims were at the top (just using this as an example not an act of slander) and two people worked for a Muslim who was the head of a company. One man is also a Muslim, while the other is a Christian, (not saying this will be the case every time because it depends on the head Muslims character) would it not be more likely that the other Muslim would get a promotion instead of the Christian just because the boss and the worker shared the same religion? now, I'm not saying this is right but sadly it is how the world works today, If your in charge and someone agrees with you, you push them up, but if someone dose not agree with you, they get pushed down and that's not how it should be. Its also like resumes for small and large companies or like the census, they ask you your religion so they can know everything about you.
your last point (#3). This refers back to my first point on how the person them self should decide what he/she believes out of what he/she is taught. I have my beliefs today, but that's because I learned about many different religions and picked the one that made the most sense to me and I still learn today, and everyday I learn new things that make my religion stronger for myself.
Thank you for taking the time to read my response and I look forward to yours.
In your opening you stated kids will not just randomly walk into a church too learn about other religions. If kids or students are not interested in different religions then what would make a student take a class on religions. In addition religions should be taught with someone with faith, if one teacher taught all different beliefs it would detract from the religion themselves.
I would also like to address your objections to my 3 points made in round 2
1. While the management of public funds sometimes may not be perfect, we do have to agree their is limited number of teachers and limited amount of funds and to add another subject would take resources that could be used somewhere else.
2. I live in a world where religion is dying out and people are judged by their actions. In your example of a Muslim being more likely to be promoted if boss was Muslim this is discrimination and should not be tolerated in the work place. With electing the president I am worried more about their political views and hope they do not truly believe in their religious dogmas. So religion as a whole is not something that I see as needed to succeed in society.
3. My main point was that a class on theology would have to cover many religions. I live in a mostly Christian city and if the teachings of Mohammad where taught in our schools the community would be outraged.
Thank you for your time and look forward to your response.
Thank you for reading this I look forward to your response.
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