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Nov. 24th, 2004 @ 10:22 am School Board rejects a comparative religion class...
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Date:November 24th, 2004 10:39 am (UTC)
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Wow so many different points made. First I have to give a bit of background. Here in Canada we have separation of church and state. They can -not- teach religion in any way in the public schooling system. There are private schools that you can chose to send your children to however that do provide that in their schools. I grew up in the school system before it was fully in place. And I remember how the Jehovas Witness children were rediculed because they would not say the lords prayer with the rest of the class. I also remember how little it meant to the kids and to myself because it was just motions you went through. Saying the lords prayer before classes every morning meant nothing. Just like going to church at that age, it did not mean much to me because I really did not understand it. I was just doing as I was told. Singing the songs I was supposed to sing. Reading the prayer books.

I support the move they made to take religion out of the public school system for a couple reasons. The only religion they were teaching was christianity. I agree with Neo that if they are going to teach one they should teach them all. Some parents may not like this. But then understand the reason they would be offended. You are opening up their childs mind. If any parent out there would have a problem with that, then they are likely the same ones out there teaching their kids to not be tolerant of other religions.

But at the same time this is a very sensative topic. It needs to be handled properly. I do not think that elementary students are mature enough to really appreciate it. Perhaps highschool or college would be a better place to offer the class and it should be ellective. Peoples views and oppinions should not be forced. They should be shaped. And even though a lot of good could come from this class in teaching tolerance, if you force students to take it, you are no better than the systems that were in place before forcing Christianity on everyone.

Content would be a big concern. There are a lot of things in the history of some religions that just wouldn't be appropriate to teach to a 15 year old. But this is no reason to not form a class. There are plenty of aspects that can be made age appropriate. It just means you need to take some extra steps in really choosing what would be best to teach at the various age levels.

Oh and this comment -Smith said she felt the school system already teaches students about diversity in other programs and classes, including history and social studies. -.............Pointless. Teaching diversity in two other courses does not mean that that person will learn to be tolerant in all other areas of life. Unless those courses already do touch on the different religions, History and social studies have no bearing on this.

So lets take stock here......Looks like I agree...with everyone! LOL But overall it should be done. There is too much to gain from this to shy away because it might not be PC or some people won't like it. Make it ellective and get over it. *grins*