Only use this feature if you are certain this user has infringed netivist's Terms of Service. Eivaz believes that many Christians, especially those who do not fast, have simply never had solid teaching on it … Indeed, one of the most striking findings in the recently released Religious Landscape Study is that Millennials (young adults born between 1981 and 1996) are much less likely than older Americans to pray or attend church regularly or to consider religion an important part of their lives. The opinions expressed here are the writer's own. On religious and moral education: Should religion be taught in public schools. 4. 3. Similarly, in the Muslim World the emergence of formal education was driven by religious purposes. That never happened to me, by the way, but it could, and it’ll be totally awkward, but that’s okay, because of reasons #4, #5, and #6. We shouldn’t refrain from doing anything out fear of retribution. Consequently muslims rulers contributed to the creation of impressive libraries in Baghdad, Cordoba and Cairo as ways of disseminating religious and moral education. What do you think of bible lessons for kids or other mandatory religious education in the curriculum? Vote to see result and collect 1 XP. Comparing and contrasting religions offers enormous opportunities to not only see fundamental differences but also similarities, which students can analyze and draw conclusions about. We have got to find a way to put those fears on the shelf when we reflect and make decisions about all aspects of our practice, including curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, classroom culture, discipline--at least long enough to think about our practice on its own merits of appropriateness, importance, and relevance. What Should Christians Be Doing? Naming oppression is the first step to liberation, and we as educators, have an absolute obligation to provide that space in the curriculum for our students; otherwise, we are being not only irresponsible, but we are promoting institutional racism and prejudice, much of which has its origins in religious persecution. There is always the awkward potential for Sally to go home and tell her parents she much prefers the tenets of eastern Buddhism, thanks to her ____ class, to her Methodist upbringing and she’d like to make a temple in the back yard and refrain from going to church from now on. I remember the kids especially enjoying choosing between ways of knowing between an indigenous and non-indigenous world view, or eastern and western religious world views, then we uncover which views belonged to which group. Religious views often clash with. In Poland or Spain, the education of religion (usually Catholicism) has been optional for many years in government schools. Children thus can attend public schools and also be instructed in the religion of their family choice. As a child gets older, sex education should be taught not only by the church but also by schools. Should not that time be devoted to learning languages, history, sciences or maths? Religion can be included in our curriculum in a myriad of ways. 10 Reasons You Should Never Have a Religion May 27, 2008 While consciously pursuing your spiritual development is commendable, joining an established religion such as Christianity, Islam, or Hinduism is one of the worst ways to go about it. We can’t expect to shield them from thinking, and then expect them to start when they turn 18. Mark E. Fowler & Marisa Fasciano — April 05, 2014 5 min read Share article Having said that, all the preparation in the world won’t prevent some kids from going straight for the gusto, the topics sure to trigger a response from their peers. Moreover the Department for Education and The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation have announced consultations for the new General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSEs) and Advanced Level (A-Levels) subjects in order to reform the religious education curriculum. Nearly three-in-ten religiously affiliated adults under age 30 (29%) say their own religion is the one true faith leading to eternal life, higher than the 23% of religiously affiliated people ages 30 … Education frequently takes place under the guidance of educators, however learners can also educate themselves . With societies becoming more and more multicultural it is important that people get moral/religious literate i.e. For instance, in Finland religious education is compulsory. Your vote is anonymous. What we can’t do is give one religion special attention over the other or promote a particular religious text as a singular truth. They assume this is the way of things, so they have a good chance of continuing the deeply entrenched destructive cycle of prejudice. Create your account for free. It’s very interesting to them and exciting to uncover a more realistic perspective about the world. 1. We must speak of the origins and effects of these prejudices. That may be fine for college students, but not high school, certainly not middle school or elementary. They were against the idea of us being accused of teaching religion. After readings, discussions, debates, essays, even numerous pop quizzes with just that very question on the quiz, some kids were still resistant to stating that Saddam Hussein was not directly behind 9/11. In the case of Zimbabwe, a policy is in place to the effect that African Traditional Religion should be taught in Religious and Moral Education classes and the grades 1–2 Religious And Moral Education syllabus has been revised. Answer: Sex education should begin at home at an early age. Just because studying religion is perfectly legal doesn’t mean teaching it may not get a little challenging, at times. The same can be true of other important subjects, such as politics, sex education, racism, bullying, and conflict resolution. For example, when approached with an ethical or moral dilemma, people with religious education can reflect on the teachings of the church to make a … Similarly, in Pakistan religious and moral education is mandatory for muslim children from primary to higher education. Countries with an official religion tend to provide instruction in the faith to their students. Then we can get on with it, and the process becomes more fluid and on point. If it contains abusive or inappropriate language its author will be penalized. Although it is taught in a non-proselytizing way and covers a variety of different faiths, Christian Anglican content tends to dominate. Students can see the long term effects of ideas and beliefs that permeate cultures today that arose from religions and world views of the past. If you change your mind, you can change your vote simply by clicking on another option. We heard somewhere that teaching about religions was a violation of church and state, but it is not. Although in some secular countries religious education is strictly forbidden in state schools, in many others governments provide religious education or sponsor private schools where religion is taught to students. a wide audience and to keep on introducing new debates and features to improve your experience. Learning strategies (such as the use of matrices and web diagrams) should be taught in the context of solving problems. Educational methods include teaching , training , storytelling , discussion and directed research . The subject matter is very important if we are going to understand other people and other societies. If you already created your netivist account, please log in using the button below. There are wonderful units and lessons out there already and yet to be created for kindergarteners through 12th graders that appropriately integrate and embrace the study of religion in a way that nurtures curiosity, inquiry, and growth. Having a discussion before hand about what separation of church and state means, and what limitations do exist and what limitations do not exist, could eliminate unnecessary fires and reactions when we start discussing the actual subject matter. Daoism, indigenous religio-philosophical tradition that has shaped Chinese life for more than 2,000 years. The awkward silence ended with everyone reassuring me that religion would be covered within the other themes. The Quakers, too, are part of our identity that they rarely have a chance to learn about. German philosopher, journalist, and revolutionary socialist Karl Marx (1818–1883) also studied the social impact of religion. We unpack what it all might mean for us in understanding other groups, our own culture, and our own values. The survey shows that large majorities of Americans believe that parents, scientists and school boards all should have a say in how evolution is taught in schools. Many question emerge: Is religion beneficial for our society? Is it desirable that children learn religion in school? The provision of tertiary education should be made progressively free, in line with existing international agreements. Your comment is being posted. When studying a culture, historical or contemporary, we can’t begin to understand a group of people without knowing their beliefs. Please let us know! Many argue that religious education is very positive and foster, respect of authority, moral values and even academic excellence. and so on.. Once we get an erroneous idea in our head, it’s very hard to get it out. We discuss if religion should be taught in public schools and the importance of religious education. Question: Should sex education be taught at home and by the church? Students should be taught about religion. Putnam cites studies that show that a child whose parents regularly attend church is 40 to 50 percent more likely to go on for a college education than a similar child of parents who do not attend church. If we are supposed to be teaching our youth to be active citizens in their society, we need to model those behaviors more often. The earlier kids start learning about the world realistically in an educational setting, the more mature and reflective they become as adults. To this day, students who were old enough to remember the Iraq War believe that we went to war because Sadam Hussein was behind 9/11. Better words for creepy might be intolerant or dangerous, but when I hear some of the flawed belief systems that kids will share if they are allowed to express how they really feel, and when I know these kids to be otherwise kind and loving people, the word that comes to mind is creepy. They also learn the rich history of the Quakers and their firm and early stance against slavery, the subjugation of women, and the suffering of the poor. And we are allowing extremists and the under-informed to dictate what we do and do not teach, without even making them lift a finger, before there is even a issue to resolve. Some will find a way to bring up the very issues we “pray” won’t come up- creationism, abortion, who doesn’t get to go to heaven, etc. This, in turn, will impact how much time we spend with our families, how we treat Elders, and other social relationships. Already have an account on netivist? For instance, in most Arab countries Islam is part of children's education. If so, should schools teach faith and worship or only offer an overview of different religions and their relevance for our history and culture? Secularists claim that religious instruction should not take place in state schools, that government should not offer religious education as a public service. In some countries, such as France and the Netherlands, wearing ostentatious religious signs or symbols such as big Christian crosses or Muslims headscarves is banned in schools. We know that religion a perfectly legitimate and important subject to study, but we avoid it out of fear of retribution. We can’t look at politics, economics, art, social relationships, science, our environment, or religion, without looking at how they interact with each other. They also really liked a lesson that I retrieved from Teaching Tolerance showing the Golden Rule of Christianity also being the Golden Rule in every major religion. As we can see, even among secular countries there is often some involvement of the government in religious education. Some argue that religion should be taught in a secular way in public schools as a means of intercultural awareness and a way to limit the segregation of students, which may be otherwise sent by their families to study in private schools offering religious education. Historically, it is difficult to deny the importance of religious education. Students are fascinated to learn of the Puritan work ethic, pre-destination, and the “city upon a hill” mentality that has rippled into our economic and political systems today. It might affect what one eats, how much one produces, who gets what, and so on. Some argue that religion should be taught in a secular way in public schools as a means of intercultural awareness and a way to limit the segregation of students, which may be otherwise sent by their families to study in private schools offering religious education. Keep up the good work. The importance of the subject matter transcends having to live with a little uncertainty and unpredictability. In the broadest sense, a Daoist attitude toward life can be seen in the accepting and yielding, an attitude that offsets and complements the moral and duty-conscious character ascribed to Confucianism. We must provide a forum for to study all kinds of prejudice, including religious persecution. We are having trouble saving your comment. Eight out of 10 people around the world consider themselves religious. Many countries by law establish the separation of church and state. In Greece the basics of orthodox religion are taught to children in school. For example, some will be anxious to talk about their own religious beliefs at the first opportunity. It’s allowed. I know I am guilty of the same. We are so hardwired to avoid what might upset even one or two parents or correspondingly raise the eyebrows of our principal. Most of the books were copied by monks and theology was a key subject of study. Should be differentiated from "beliefs" since each believer of a synagogue, temple, mosque, or church may believe very differently from the doctrines which are taught by their local religious leadership. gain knowledge and understanding of the wide variety of moral / religious systems. The subject matter is very important if we are going to understand ourselves. I don’t know how this “rumor” got started, but once misinformation is out there, it’s very difficult to undo it. It was an reflexive reaction to a very real fear that we were entering territory that gets teachers in big trouble. Please consider making a small donation today. As we were brainstorming what themes to use, I said, “Oh, yeah, don’t forget religion.” Now, I had grown to love and respect these colleagues over a long period of time, and we could pretty much say anything in our meetings and know that we wouldn’t be judged, but when I suggested that groups of students would research and plot the development of the major religions of the world, you’d have thought I’d suggested we convert the 8th grade class to Islam. The only thing as poignant and powerful as watching someone discover their way out of a previously held prejudice is to watch someone who has been discriminated against and oppressed become aware of their predicament. We shouldn’t shy away from curriculum that could get a little dicey where we have to navigate in volatile waters. The key is to be underwhelmed by the topics they bring up, and strictly adhere to the rules of respectful discourse, which would have already been practiced with other units and topics. I believe we don’t give kids near enough credit. The education should focus on sex being primarily for reproduction and not only for pleasure. Many argue that religious education is very positive and foster respect of authority, moral values and even academic excellence. 4.4 Relevant skills for decent work However, some parents think that this system of supplementary education is insufficient and they enrol their children in full-time religious schools or practice homeschooling. As this is becoming an empty promise for many in Western societies, especially youth, attention has turned to more critical analyses of the place and power of religion in society. We read the original text and the translation and discuss the implications of these similarities. If that were not enough, students enlightened by religion tend to seek higher education. Join with confidence, netivist is completely advertisement free. 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