It shouldn't only be encoraged it should be required for graduation.
religion is very great thing to have because it can lead you to the right way to live in the society. Also, learning and having one are totally different things. First of all, students should have freedom of religion and pick whatever they want. Students should learn these stuffs and chose their best religious group. One doctor said “Many studies find that religious people on average are happier. But since not all religious people are happier, and not all religious beliefs seem to lead to happiness, we have to search for the “active ingredient” in what aspect of religion might increase feelings of well-being.” But, people think having religion always makes life happy and easier. However, most of religions teach you how to live fair, and honest. So, if we don’t want any cheaters or criminal in our planet we have to fix how we live and be fair. By teaching religions in class will make students very interested also we can make them live happier life.
I think it is important that people learn about all the religions of the world. As long as the course does not promote any religion as correct, or put down any religions, I do not think it would be a problem for anyone. It is simply a fact that people are different from each other, have different opinions and views, live in different cultures and, naturally, have different religions.
While the schools should not preach religion, it is acceptable for schools to offer classes on religion, as long as they are unbiased and include alternative religions, and not just the three main players of religion. I think this would be very hard for people to do, because they are already biased. It is a good idea. But, will it work? No.
I know there is the separation of church and state rule, but as long as these courses are being offered as an elective and not a requirement I don't see a problem with it. Religion shouldn't be a taboo, and if a child wants to learn about other culture's beliefs we should let them.
There is no good reason to restrict from public schools the study of religion. Religion is such a large and vital part of the world in which we live, and to restrict public school students from studying it would be foolish at best. Going out in to the world with little or no knowledge about something that affects the majority of the world's population makes students unprepared to be productive members of society. In reality, the study of the world's religions should be required in public school, especially since studying them doesn't mean you have to join them.
I don't think the schools should proselytize to our children. But you can't properly teach about the history of human beings without including the huge role that religion has played. We already teach about the paganism of the Greeks and Romans anyhow. As long as the schools are careful not to endorse one religion over another, teaching about religion is fine.
Religion is as much a part of our culture, everyone's culture, as anything else. Whether you believe in a higher intelligence or not, religion is all around us, and it makes no sense to discount it. It's not about teaching doctrines, but about examining popular belief systems for a better understanding of our neighbors.
Almost everyone in the world has a religion and if they don't have a religion they know about the religions. Most people only know some small parts of religions. Which creates stereotypes and fear. If schools taught lessons about the religions more people would be less afraid about the religions and understand more and be more open.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson says the most important book anybody should read is the bible. Not because it is truth, but so that a good scientist can learn to be skeptical of everything that they read. Yes, it is okay to teach religion in schools because it broadens people's knowledge about the world. It is not okay to replace science with religion though.
World wide religion is in World History books across the United States. It is a major part in World History because everyone's lives back then (And now?) revolved around the religious factor,therefore if the religion for that country is taught,there would be a better understanding of that culture.Teach World Wide religions!
Teaching religion in public schools is important from both a sociological standpoint and a psychological standpoint. There are many differences in people, and sometimes it is because of their religious or cultural background. Psychologically it can help to understand other religions because it can help us to understand why people are different.
If there are multi-cultural activities in the US then they should teach world religions in schools. People should know what other religions are like before they bash on them. There are third-world countries and people in the US do not really get what goes on in them. They should start teaching them in elementary schools and maybe start writing letters to the other countries (in their age group) so that they can learn from actual people what it is like and how they go about their religions.
World religion should be taught in public high schools because in society today there are many different types of religions. In order to be tolerant and open with these people whose beliefs are different from us we must start by learning about how we a different and how we are the same. In addition to promoting tolerance it can also give children a chance to chose their religion. Most people identify with a religion as a result of family ties to said religion. If unbiased lessons are giving to the student they might find that they agree and appreciate the views of one religion over another.
Learning religion in public school could represent a risk of proselytism. Religion should therefore be banned of public area. We can trust our teacher to teach mathematic but what about something which go beyond any scientific view. It would be fair if any teachers would be atheists. Obviously, it s difficult to be neutral when we are talking about private opinions. I’m not opposed to learning about religions from a historic point of view as it permits to understand some cultural differences. Nevertheless, I m against teaching religion based on the principles and ideas. For me, pedagogy must focus on civism to spread the very essence of tolerance in our young mind. I’m not talking about blind patriotism but more essentially about universal values such as equality or liberty. Liberty of faith should be considered here with its rights and duties according to the law.