Should all students learn about a variety of religions at school

Asked by: maxwelloliver
  • Yes, while religion still plays a big part in this world we should learn about it.

    However, i think it is important to teach religion in an objective manner and not subjectively. It is important when teaching religion that no one was biased - so you can see a true and fair view of all religions. It is important to be educated about religion especially when they play such a large part in the world today.

  • Students should be able to choose their own religion rather than being guided towards their parents religion

    Children should be able to make their own educated decisions regarding which religion they choose to follow, we call for a variety of religion to be taught so these children can choose their religion themselves rather than being pushed by their parents into a certain direction.
    Many children grow up in forceful religious households, when they grow up and start to become educated on the topic, they suddenly feel extreme self-confliction. From birth, they have been told that there are such things as God, heaven, the afterlife and sometimes even hell. When these children grow up, they learn more about life, about science, about existence and start to feel like they are either following the wrong religion, or that they are unfaithful to their God or higher spirit. This extremely awkward position has caused depression, self harm, and even suicide. These children had the right to know about all of these religions and atheism at a young age, rather than being blinded by their parents devotion to a higher power.

  • Yes they should.

    When they don't know about any other religions, than most kids will think of other religions simply as something different, strange, and therefore, bad. All schools should provide knowledge on every type of religion so that the students understand and do not bully. I t might not work, but even so, what if a child wants to learn about another religion or be in one? Let school t
    Inform about all religions.

  • Yes. They should.

    Either keep all religions and theories out, or let all of them in. It's only fair. Along it's not only teaching a narrow viewpoint of religion. If their parents are so sure their religion is the most logical, then they should have no fear that when their child learns a variety of religions they'll pick the most logical one. And if they choose something different what their parents wanted them to follow, then maybe that particular religion isn't so logical after all.

  • Yes yes yes

    People are always critical of other religions, but have never learned about the religion. This is so upsetting, because it makes people look so stupid. If you are going to offend people, at least learn the facts first. Also, if people are so ""righteous" that they can criticize others, pick a new religion.

  • Yes to knowledge, understanding, informed choices, and tolerance.

    If America is truly a melting pot and a society of tolerance and welcome, then I would love to see classes in our public schools about World Religions. The "No's" of the other column seem concerned about practicing religion in school which would bring into play the separation of church and state, and I'm in agreement with that concern. The teacher of such a class must be carefully selected and monitored so as not to sway our children toward any particular religion. Again, the class should be ABOUT religions, not PRACTICING them. Religions have shaped human history, and are a large part of our interactions today and how we perceive our world.

    I imagine the thread would be similar to American History, in that many perspectives and aspects can be addressed over a couple of years or so. Logistically, it might be asking a lot to add more to an already packed curriculum. As for age-appropriateness, ie when in public school should it be taught: that's for heads wiser than mine.

  • Yes, if it is optional.

    I don't believe in forcing kids into a class like this if they are uninterested. However, if they want to take something like a World Religions class then I believe that is acceptable. There is no reason to limit the education that kids can receive. I personally, as a current high school student, would love to see a World Religions class. Not only would it be extremely interesting for me, but it would also create an outlet for other kids to get information on differing beliefs, therefore reducing ignorance.

  • No teaching religion shouldn't be taught in schools!

    Religion shouldn't be talked about in schools because yea its a good thing to believe in god but you have to remember not everyone believes in god. So if there's a kid in a class talking about different religions it could be disrespectful in a way. It should be just like something they do on their free time so no one gets offended in any way.

  • Religion should be taught in the home, not at school; Else, it may be fraught with enormous danger.

    To begin, religion should not be allowed to be taught in public schools because too many controversies would be present; therefore, more arguments would start. The word religion means, “a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects” (dictionary.Com). “To be taught religion” means to learn about each religion and its beliefs and faiths in order to understand it or to believe what the specific religion teaches or believes. Nowadays in society any kind of disagreement can and often does start an argument. The public school, however, is no place for more disputes to be made over religion. There are already arguments present in the public schools without religion being discussed. In the article “Getting Religion Right in Public Schools” written by Charles C. Haynes, Haynes writes, “A cursory glance at the daily headlines reminds us that religious differences are at the heart of many of the world’s most violent conflicts.

    Public schools may not teach religion, although teaching about religion in a secular context is permitted. The Bible may be taught in a school, but only for its historical, cultural or literary value and never in a devotional, celebratory or doctrinal manner, or in such a way that encourages acceptance of the Bible as a religious document.

  • Not for classes.

    To me, it does not matter if you go to public school or a private one, various religions should not be part of it.
    If your part of a religious private school, to teach other religions would be counteractive to the specific religion of the school. Seeing that we have separation of church and state, religion should not be part of a state funded education.
    For the most part, school is intended on teaching kids what is important to their life after school. Thing is, unless you plan on going into some related field, learning about religion has no purpose so would be a waist of time.
    Some people may claim that you can teach various religions equally but with so many different branches of so many basic faiths, doing so would either cover very little about any, take up much of the class schedule, or would create inequality in teaching. Think about this, in recorded history around the world, over 700 gods have been named. If we talk about one god we need to talk about the rest equally as well as each branch equally.
    About the only reason why they may bring religion up is if it had a significant role in history and only as to it's relevance.
    Of course, if your going for a career that is religion based, you should take any relevant courses but that would be more for after high school.
    If a child wants to learn about other faiths, and their parents have no issue with it, by all means, they can look up whatever they choose at a library or on-line but having it part of a primary school course, nope.

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Thegreatdebate98 says2015-07-22T13:02:51.067
If they're not stating their opinion, and simply informing people about it, why would you ever limit education on something? Give them the option to choose what they believe based on what is presented to them.