share a book (01-03-2012)
I believe children benefit greatly from such cultural relevant studies, and the study of different religions throughout history and the impact such religions have had upon humanity is very important.
Unfortunately there seems to be several schools still solely teaching Christianity, and not from a historical perspective either - from the perspective that they can't love their mother who doesn't believe in Jesus 'saving' us or that they are going to hell.
It's basically Sunday School disguised, and there is no place for it in the public school system.
Yes, can't love your mother, how utterly disgusting, not no mention ironically UNCHRISTIAN of them to teach. I'm surprised that the Catholic schools I have attended, worked at, sent my child to, seem to have a better structure than public schools others have dealt with. Our school, though it has only a few Aboriginal students, has such great respect for the Aboriginal people. Assembly each week begins with honouring the original custodians of the land on which our school was built.
Similar thing happened when I was a nanny. The 5 year old came home distraught and told us we were all going to hell because we didn't believe in god. This was also a public school and the parents were unaware religious education was in the school.
I agree with encouraging acceptance and learning about other cultures/religion but do not like the RE as it is.
My second child however has stated she is in no way interested in it, if they do it again this year I will not be impressed.
I'm a teacher, we have 3 different kinds of religious classes of different denominations. We also have non-scripture. I don't think any child feels marginalized because they do or don't attend the classes. They're boring and a waste of time IMO, but each stage only does it for one afternoon a week for one term, so not really a big deal.
I'm happy with the way my kids' school does it- there is a choice of Christian, Catholic or Greek RE. It is on an opt-IN basis which I agree with (you pay $5 and have to fill out a form for the year so this assures your kids don't go unless you want them to).
I am quite happy for my kids to learn about whatever religion, and have faith they will make up their own minds as teenagers/adults about how they want to live/which God they want to believe in.
At the same time if RE was scrapped I wouldn't worry too much.
I'm with many others here. I don't support scripture in it's current form in public schools but i would support a cultural studies class taught by a qualified teacher. Not only is scripture bias and teaches it to be 'truth' which to me it isn't, most people that run scripture are volunteers with no teaching qualifications just the bias. Sorry but when you tell my child god is real, that's not cool, as opposed to... christians believe in god and that jesus was his son sent to take sin away, hindu's believe in Nirvana and buddhists believe in reincarnation etc etc.I would be ok with that.
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