• Yes it should be taught in schools

    You can either teach he kid nothing or teach them about our God so that hey have someone to pray to when sad. Someone to believe in, and someone to look or pray upon more in times of need. Also they might be pushed more to help people as well and do more good in the world than bad. Their conscious might come out more also to protect them from sin that they fall to.

  • There is along history of Christianity, 2000 years that has changed the course of history. Unbiased instruction on all religions should be discussed.

    There are almost 7 billion people on this earth. Twenty years ago 6 billion. Forty years ago 4 billion. Fifty years ago over 3 billion. Seventy five per cent of these people believe there is a god. One hundred years ago there was nearly a billion people alive. They have all died by now. Just in the last 100 years there have been 10 billion people on this earth. Seven and a half billion have believed there was a god. Why should we ignore those numbers in our schools?

  • They should be able to

    Students should have the option to take a religious class in school, they shouldn't only have to be on the evolution side. They should be able to take classes on creation if they want to. It should be an option in school. And public schools should allow that option. Yes?

  • Yes, why not?

    People often accuse the religious of "brainwashing" people to join them. Therefore, it would be absolutely hypocritical to do the same to children by convincing them that there IS no religion!! Children need to know that there are two sides of the argument; whether they agree with those views or not, they need to know they exist. Do you honestly want children to think that religion does not exist?? For a society supposedly led by science, don't you think that would be ignoring the facts?

  • It should be mandatory!

    It should consist of a few major religions that have a strong impact in the world. The more young students learn about the world, the more they will understand why certain things happen. Most people of the high school age or younger only have knowledge of their own religion, or none at all. If religion is made mandatory in public schools, students will have access to the knowledge of religions beyond their own.

    In college I was offered a religion course and there was no preaching or any bias towards any religion. As long as the teacher/professor keeps their own beliefs separate from the lecture, the class will be completely informational.

  • As an elective

    Religion should be offered as an elective, in social studies. You cannot deny the amount of cultural influence religion has, no matter where you go. I see no reason why we cannot offer it. It doesn't have to be indoctrination at all. Simply go over the basics of what that religion believes, the history of that religion, etc. It could be very useful in showing kids all the different belief systems, as well as introducing them to different cultures. It's hard to teach kids about a culture, no matter which one, without including the religious influences. America included.

  • The law agrees

    Children have the right to an education, which includes religion. Also schools are to teach children how to live in a democracy, thus, they need to learn how to understand other people's views. Religion is a major part of history, you can't explain history without it even our time system is based in religion. It is an important part of education and shouldn't be left out.

  • How can you not?

    Religion has been such an important factor in our history, and I don't see how you can teach history and not get really into religion. We study history to avoid war in the future. So how can we really understand history without really understanding religion? Religion wouldn't be taught to convert it would be taught to understand. If we understood the way people think and their motivations, all their cultural norms then you can communicate with them on another level. Religion should be taught so we can understand the world we live in and each other.

  • It should be a choice!

    Just like we give students the choice to pick what they wear or the choice to do their hair the way they want, we should have the choice of learning about religion in schools. Not only the opportunity to learn about it but the choice to speak about their religion and speak about it publicly.

  • Educate, not preach

    I think that religion should be taught in schools to EDUCATE children about the different religions around the world. Religious classes shouldn't be used to preach, that's what churches (and assemblies in religious schools) are for. I think that if children, especially teenagers, learn about several different religions then they can form their own opinions on them and decide whether they want to become a part of one or just leave not bother with religion.

  • No, children should not be saturated with religion during school years.

    Children do not understand what religion is or how to use their minds to understand the world around them. With that said, we cannot blatantly feed children something that cannot be scientifically proven and would cause disputes among themselves. School is a place where kids learn and study the world functioning around them, it is not a church. I respect religions and would never wish for them to be banned, but this must be left to the parents to decide whether to teach their kids religion or not in their private homes. Teaching religion in schools would cause disputes among classmates since religion is very flexible in what you wish to believe. Finally, teaching religion in classes would cause discrimination since schools cannot teach thousands of religions which exist and are practiced by people over the globe.

  • There can be no freedom OF religion WITHOUT freedom FROM government promoted religion.

    Haightstreet is correct on this. Too many religions, and then in public schools, you have the separation of Church and State issue.
    There is a reason why the words God, Bible, Church, and “In God We Trust” are not in the Constitution. Our founding fathers knew of the problems associated with churches and the government, e.g., Church of England. The original US Motto did not have in "God We Trust", nor did our currency, nor did the pledge of Allegiance have "one nation under God". Fanatical religious groups like the “Knights of Columbus” convinced enough in Congress to add “In God We Trust” to the US Moto in the 1956; it was on our coins since 1864s and put on our currency in 1957.
    “The Pledge in use today, written by Francis Bellamy in 1892, was modified by the U.S. congress in 1954 by adding the words “under God” and in effect turning it into an unconstitutional public prayer.”

  • No- Clearly Unconstitutional

    Our government cannot endorse any religion, and as public schools are an arm of the government they too must follow suit. We already have little enough time as it is to teach our children the basic FACTS in the vital areas of mathematics, science, and language. Leave religion as a topic for parents to discuss or not as they wish.

  • No evidence for any gods.

    There is absolutely no evidence for creationism. Many claim that the evolution theory and so on is false, but there is much evidence to say otherwise. You don need any god to explain why we behave like we do. Many even kill in their god´s name because they think it justifies their belief. Science says there doesn't need to be any god to explain the complexity of the universe.

  • It's wrong and immoral

    It's to broad a topic for the to only teach one religion in school. Might as well make a school that only teaches religion and it's traditions. Also the teaching of some religions are just wrong, their "good book" is all kinds of just wrong, the teachings of the Christian bible aren't much a good example and it's statistically proven that more people become atheist after reading the bible. Being an atheist myself I can think that school systems should focus more on career prep and helping students find out what they need to do to achieve their plans for the future to make our future better. Not learn about a deity that has no proof of its existence. It's just a waste of tax payers dollars and funding to add religion to a schools scheduling, might as well use that money that would've been used to fund things like art and music classes to keep this generation and the ones after it creative and able to adapt to a work society not learn how to prey and not have a proper education because religious studies would need to bump some sort of classes out of the system. And this would end up being an art or music class which young students need to stay creative and open minded in the world where religion would literally do the exact opposite. By the way, this is a 19 year old boy writing this out.

  • No, religion shouldn't be taught in public schools.

    That is what church and home schooling are for. That is why there are Catholic schools as well. The bible can be taught at home or at church but not in public schools. Children should be able to make their own minds up about what religion they want to participate in when they are old enough.

  • It should be a choice

    It shouldn't be a requirement for having religion in school. It should be a choice for religion to be a requirement. The students should a choice. Also their parents should also have a choice. We also have to take surveys to see if it could be a requirement. Also more than one person should be on board.

  • No - Absolutely NOT

    Okay for the religious right illiterate this country the United States has a little rule book it's called a constitution. With this rule book we have rules that we all agree to be followed in order to belong. It clearly states there shall be a separation of church and state. If you want religion taught in a school go to a PRIVATE school, I refuse to fund religion being taught in any school ever. Read the constitution no matter how much you want religion in public schools the majority of us would prefer are woefully underfunded education system teach real courses that people need to survive not some illogical pretend God, or Gods. Religion is separate.

  • No, absolutely not.

    We don't live in a commonly shared one religion society, and it would be virtually impossible to come up with a generic type of religious curriculum that would please everyone and succeed in not offending anyone. It is best to have our schools free of religion and consistent with our belief of the separation of church and state. Religion can be taught just as well in the home or at one's church.

  • Freedom of religion is a personal right.

    All people have the right to freedom of religion. So teaching religion implants the idea that a child must believe in a supernatural being. Children have wild imaginations that will accept the idea of God with absolute ease. If children (mainly teens) are informed about all religions once they are at an age of real understanding, they can then criticize and decide for themselves.

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GWL-CPA says2013-09-05T18:04:22.383
Some high schools do offer an elective to take a class about religious history or the philosophy of religion.

Students have no say in what is taught in school; those decisions are left up to adults.

What is taught in school is usually decided by the school district board. Parents can attend open meetings about the classes taught and make suggestions and protest; but, the final decision is up to the School district.

Certain subjects or the core courses are mandatory, e.G., English, Math, Science, Driver’s Education, Health, etc. High school students usually can choice one more electives each semester.

Core courses take up most of the time in a day for classes; but, there is usually one or more hours available for electives.

If you are taking about a class to preach religion, preaching religion in a public school is against separation of Church and State.

“The establishment clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits the government from passing legislation to establish an official religion or preferring one religion over another. It enforces the "separation of church and state."

If you are talking about a philosophy class about the concept of religion or the history of religion that is an elective. And, some high schools do offer those types of electives. For grade schools and middle schools, you only have the core courses.

Of course we are talking about public schools. Private schools can have classes that teach the religion of that school, e.G., Catholic schools will force students to attend a daily class where they pray and teach Catholicism. So, if you are an atheist, but your parents force you to go to a Catholic school, you are forced to go to religious classes daily.

What religion would you teach?

There are around 4,200 different religions/sects in the world, of which 21 are considered major religions and about 1 billion people do not profess a belief in any religion.

The 21 major religions with the number of followers are as follows.

1. Christianity 2.1 billion
2. Islam 1.3 billion
3. Secular/Irreligious/Agnostic/Atheist 1.1 billion
4. Hinduism 900 million
5. Chinese traditional religion 394 million
6. Buddhism 376 million (see also Buddhism by country)
7. Primal indigenous 300 million
8. African traditional and Diasporas 100 million
9. Sikhism 23 million
10. Juche 19 million
11. Spiritism 15 million
12. Judaism 14 million
13. Bahá'í Faith 7 million
14. Jainism 4.2 million
15. Shinto 4 million
16. Cao Dai 4 million
17. Zoroastrianism 2.6 million
18. Tenrikyo 2 million
19. Neopaganism 1 million
20. Unitarian Universalism 800,000
21. Rastafari movement 600,000

So, how would you have a class that taught the 21 major religions? What would be the point; most people don’t care about all the religions of the world. This might be important to someone who is going to have history or religious history as their major in College.

Who will decide what religions are taught? The Christians?
Sfaulkner says2014-07-02T06:00:26.073
Children should be taught about the world religions just as they are taught about Greek, Roman, or Egyptian mythology. However, they should never be taught that one religion is right or wrong.