Should religion be allowed in public schools?
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Religion in Public Schools
Human civilization is largely based on religion. We teach math, science, languages, and art, but are afraid to teach religion despite it being a major force in the development of our culture. We would rather remain ignorant than offend people because we are so afraid of complaints or lawsuits. In order to reverse the moral decline of our country, we should teach religion in schools.
Although school programs (for example, the anti-bullying program) suggest that there is some moral compass we must follow, but we are afraid to teach the basis for this "right" moral behavior. Most people say cheating is wrong. Why exactly is it wrong? Schools say that it is wrong, but they do not answer the question of why it is wrong.
Learning about religions will help us understand ourselves and others, and may help decrease conflicts between various religions once we understand the historical basis for each. For example, if we studied and discussed the Islamic religion, we would understand the goals of ISIS and other Islamic terror groups.
Who am I? Why am I here? Where did I come from? Where am I going? We should not be afraid to explore these questions, and look to the various religions, non-religions, and other philosophies to answer these critical questions, not hide from them forever and leave young students unsatisfied and undirected.
"The First Amendment states that Congress shall make no law preventing the establishment of religion or prohibiting its free exercise." This clearly states that you can say whatever you want about religion, and pray anytime. Some people think that school prayer violates the "separation of church and state." The concept of separation of church and state is commonly misused by people who say that it means that religion should be not allowed in school. It actually means that the government cannot sponsor or favor one certain religion.
In order to reverse the moral decline that has gripped our country, we would profit by teaching religion in schools. If we do this, we give students the chance to explore the foundations for moral behavior.
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First off I would like to state that I do have religious beliefs and I am not trying to be bias towards any one side. I do agree with your statement that we are largely based on religion, the American Dollar even has the words "In God We Trust" written along the side of it. But teaching religion within a school seems like a way to create a unnecessary amount of arguing.
While you do have to remember that there are thousands of religions out there, a school would have to accommodate a good majority of them to slide without getting noticed and then you can imagine what happens there. I assume you haven't looked into great depth within this topic (I realize that sounds offensive and I apologize if you took it as an offense for not intended.) As I previously stated, schools would have to accommodate a large list of religions, such as Christianity, Judaism, and even small religions such as Pastafarianism (which is a thing.) For teachings to take place of these religions you would need teachers, paid teachers which comes along to money issues. School funding is already not the best as you can tell due to the lack of pay teachers unfortunately receive as of now, and adding a large mass of teachers to teach religion seems unnecessary. There are private schools just for this reason as well.
I like your example of cheating, and you said exactly what I was thinking, cheating is immoral. While it is immoral (some may think otherwise but that is beside the point) people just in general, not like liars (cheaters.) Schools are to teach you, to set you up to become something in the future, to allow you to live life to the fullest, allowing someone to cheat would be a counter to all that, allowing you to give yourself a bad reputation amongst your peers.
I think that your example was to extreme, ISIS is a group which, yes they are Muslim, but they pushing for their way in a way which has made people all around the world have a growing hate for them (A hate for ISIS, not Muslims as a whole.) While religion in schools could teach you about there beliefs, why is it necessary?
I feel as if I am answering the same question over and over so do forgive me for keeping these last few short. The who, why, where, (etc) is not a problem with schools. I'm going to be quite honest, as a high school student (please think of me no differently than you did before) people do not want to study religion, most students have a disrespect for religions as is. All through out the halls you can hear slang and words of hate thrown about with no second thought. Phrases like "Oh my God" or "Jesus Christ" are said with such disrespect for someone who made you, you are alive because of (insert here.)
While I am in all technicality a minor, this hurts to say. We (Students/Minors) do not have the same rights as adults do. Within school grounds we are not given the freedom of speech. Its kind of like the "Speak when spoken to" rule. Did you know it is ILLEGAL to not go to school without parental/guardian consent? You are not given the right to bear arms within school grounds (Which I understand to the fullest.)
Remember I am a follower of God, sometimes religion (do not take this the wrong way) is just not needed in some places. Go to a private school if you wish to study or practice a certain religion. If you are Christian such as my self, you don't need classes to teach you of the Lord or to make you feel like your religious. Know that God is always with you. If your do not believe in God then I again, apologize for offending you as that was not my intent.
I hope this was worded properly as I tried my best not to offend specified religions. Religion is a touchy subject.
Interesting, I honestly didn't expect that.
Just because you aren't allowed to express your feelings of religion doesn't DeChristianize you. I feel as though you are a much stronger believer than I, so it is relatively hard for me to understand why you desperately want this right. Religion none the less is a major part as I've said before. I wouldn't expect much form the school system by the way. That was probably your first mistake anyways. I do have to agree with your principal on this one though.
I can not change your opinions, for that is up to you, and I am NOT, hear me out NOT, saying there is one true religion, but sometimes it religion can cause chaos throughout the system, resulting in fights and unneeded arguments. God does not want the world to run off and flourish with hate, and religion within schools may bring this up.
I enjoyed debating with you, and I hope that you see what I am talking about.
Best of Luck
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