I believe schools should teach religions in-depth and everything, I believe if people could and or would understand how other religious views work, and what they do on a daily basis we would be better off. I myself am a theistic Satanist, and my daughter is too. But people are so close-minded that's why society is how it is, WE NEED RELIGION IN SCHOOL.
There are many different beliefs about the creation of the universe and life in general. If evolutionists and Christians plan to share theirs, then we need all views for our students to be truly educated. Now this should be done at the local level so that not all 270 major religions waste our time, just the ones that are local.
Schools shouldn't just teach a few religions. Students deserve to know about all religions so that they can chose one if that is what they are wanting. I don't thing that it should be a mandatory thing though. If children want to know about all of the religions they should be able to take a class that will teach them just that. Religion is a facinating topic. There are so many religions that all have those little things that make them different and I think everyone should be educated in all religions.
There are different types of schools that offer religious teachings. If you are talking about the public school system, then I don't think so. Religious knowledge can be acquired through separate classes. I say yes, however, because when studying history in depth, religion is a major part of it. Learning the gist of the different religions is vital for understanding historical events.
Religion has been and will always be an extremely influential aspect of society. Everyone, including students, should be educated on what each religion believes and the history and past actions affiliated with them. Religion should be taught in relation to history and facts and should always be completely without bias.
I believe that schools should do a overview of the religions. Yes, there are many but I would rather spend a week learning about the most popular ones, then not learn about any. I don't see any downsides to this. From my view, it will help create acceptance in our society (since you now know that not all Islamics are evil). From a anti-religous point of view, at least it is helping to boost the children's creativity.
Whether you are religious or not, you have to accept that religion plays a central role in many countries around the world and learning about the various faiths and how they impact upon peoples lives is important because it teaches tolerance and understanding of people with different cultural backgrounds to your own. Ironically, the only kid who didn’t attend religious education lessons at my school was a Jehovah’s Witness whose parents wanted him to grow up ignorant of the world around him. Knowledge of other ways of life is always useful, of course, but religious education is especially important in multi-cultural, ethnically-diverse cities such as London, where I live, where white Christians are a small minority.
I grew up mostly in the U.S. but moved overseas for three years because of my parent's work. During that time I attended an international school where I was exposed to many religions and was taught about different religions' beliefs. I am, to this day, a devout Catholic. Yes I was raised this way, but I also believe (in most of) the Bible's teachings.
In the International school I attended for those three years I had two Jewish friends, one Buddhist friend, one Muslim friend, and the majority of my class was Roman Catholic. We learned about Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, and Judaism in class, We covered Judaism, Christianity, and Hinduism the most in-depth.
After moving back to the U.S. to a small town in the midwest, it became increasingly evident that the kids around me (in 4th and 5th grade) hadn't been exposed to the same amount of religions as I had. I'm not saying it was their community's fault for only teaching them about Catholicism or that they needed to travel Europe. What I am trying to get across is that more religious exposure would lead to more tolerant, worldly, and overall knowledgeable adults. These kids from 4th and 5th grade grew up to be the kids I went to high school with. They make jokes and generalizations about religion that I not only disagree with, but are completely false and offensive.
A current problem in the U.S. today is the increased tensions between ethnicities/religions. People jump to conclusions without taking a second to learn about another culture. If we taught more religions in schools I believe it would lead to a more tolerant, and therefore more successful U.S.A.
Spiritual beliefs have guided, described, molded human activities, decisions, moral & ethical behavior & decisions for as long as they've been on the planet (more or less), so WHY would not included facts about what has played such an important role in cultures and history is quite beyond ridiculous for me to understand. Sex ed is widely taught, yet we avoid religion as if it were 'more taboo', more personal & controversial so should be avoided? Or what? I don't know yet (I'm investigating) how/why it is that this 'ridiculous' exists but anyway it's high time changes be made - and quick! - a morality & ethics as part of the public square IS GONE and we DESPERATELY need it back! Religions of all types/manners AT LEAST teach morality & ethical behavior - WE NEED THIS to be a part of everyday consciousnesses, education & regular references.
There are many different faiths, traditions, churches, organizations, practices, etc. in the world. New religions are created everyday so I agree that not every single religion could be taught in school, it would take too long and frankly I doubt any American teacher knows about EVERY religion. However, the most major maybe 10-20 can be taught in a school year. People need to get it through their heads that the abrahamic religions are NOT the major religions. There are about 10 major religions, not just the three Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Religion comes in two umbrellas. Paganism and Abrahamic. Abrahamic is the three already mentioned, plus Satanism. Yes Satanism is in the same umbrella as Christianity. Because Satan is part of the Christian religion, which can be traced back to Abraham. Anywho, The Pagan umbrella is everything else. However the major pagan religions include Hinduism, Buddism, Wicca, Witchcraft, Heathens, and Atheism. All of these religions, abrahamic and pagan, should be taught about in schools.
It is probably impossible to count the amount of religions that are out there in the world. The school period would probably be extend over 5 more years if we required schools to teach all religions. Also the definition for a religion in the constitutional amendments is something like, a organizations that registers with the government and meet the tax requirement. Thus, and weird cult could become a religion that the school have to teach. It would be insane.
It's our constitutional right to practice our own religion, or lack thereof. We shouldn't be forced to sit though any other religion's indoctrination. Anyone in America who thinks this isn't the case, please read the Bill of Rights over again. It says quite clearly that we all have a right to practice whichever religion we choose.
Religion is superstition, kids dont need that rubbish in their heads.
Teach them ethics instead. Religion is full of bronze age hatred, misunderstandings about the nature of the universe and our place in it, Its full of obscene and hateful fiction.
It teaches to hate people who were taught about other gods, and to kill those that believe in any of it.
No religions should be taught at school. That is why there is separation of church and state. It's the parents job to teach the kid about religion. If the religion has something to do with an event that occurred in history by all means show little background on the religion but not to much and only expose what is relevant to that time in history.
No. Students should be exposed to religions through the study of history, anthropology, social studies, etc, but the in-depth teaching of religions and their beliefs should be left to individual families or the choice of college or university students. Science doesn't belong in church and religion doesn't belong in schools unless it is being discussed from a historical or cultural standpoint.
All religions? School should teach NO religions. If a person wants to be religious, let them discover it by themselves. The only thing that has kept religion alive for so long is indoctrination, like religious education.
Don't pray in my school and I won't think in your church.
I am 100% ok with all beliefs. I don't however think all religions should be taught in schools, mainly because there are about 270 solid religions in the world. If we teach one then we need to teach them all. And the Flying Spaghetti Monster needs to be there too.
We need to teach the facts to children and religion however many people believe in it isn't a fact. Science is and believe it or not evolution is
Unless the school in question is a religious private school, I have to wonder why they would want to be teaching religion at all, let alone "all religions". If it's a private school, it should stick to religion to which it is attached (e.x. Catholic schools teach Catholicism). Teaching all religions is an incredible waste of resources, time, and effort, and gives people a stupid excuse to sue the school when the crackpot religion they founded last week isn't part of the curriculum.
Religion is by choice not a requirement and does not need be taught in depth in school. There are way too many religions to cover in-depth and it isn't the school systems place to teach one or another. I myself am atheist - humanist. That doesn't mean I don't respect others beliefs, Although I do believe it is each individuals right to believe what they feel is right (children included). Education about different religions should be covered but not in depth. History has loads of religious backgrounds that cannot be totally swept under the rug and shouldn't be. Using religion in history gives children the chance to discover religion on their own. There's no need to go in depth or waste time on each and every religion when there are more ways to teach humane and eithical behavior.
Schools teach few religions and are very biased in what they teach. So many of the kids that are in said classes that are pushing the religion might not understand or are uncomfortable having to learn something against their own belief. Why put a kids GPA in danger because they don't understand how to read the bible.