I don't think the test should be though will this subject get me a job. I did music and that certainly didn't get me a job
And I'm sure there are parents who believe re contributes to their child's development.
Anyway I've said my piece. I don't share others concerns about children doing re at a private school. I did it for 7 years and never considered myself indoctrinated but I realise every child is different.
Catholic schools were formed so Catholics could send their kids there - as much as I disagree with their religion I do think they have the right to teach it in their own school! It seems that their schools are becoming cheaper options than private schools if the local public school is not that great ( or on my area anyway)
Life skills - well ok of you think so but I am talking specifically about academic education... Life skills can be learnt anywhere and actually I would say most kids gain life skills after school, once they get out there in the world. If people want their children to embrace the spirituality of religion, they take them to church on Sundays...(?) I just don't think it's an educatschool subject that will have any benefit to their education.
If I wanted my children to learn about a religion that I believed in, I would rather do it myself, and I would never send my child to a school with a different religion to what I believed.
If one of my employees started work for me and decided they didn't want to do certain things that my company usually does I would be livid - I would not expect a religious school to allow non Catholics to dictate what and how their child participate in their school - their school, their rules or go to the local public school and hope ( unlike OP!) your child can opt out of the religion classes
OP, I think you are to be admired for giving this a lot of thought and trying to make the best decisions for your daughter. I think religion is a matter of personal choice and I think there is a good deal of wisdom in it being a choice made at a time in life when a person is grown and has perspective.
On the subject of RE in schools, I would expect, if I sent my child to a Catholic (as an example) school, that Catholic religious education would be part of the deal. Catholic schools exist because Catholic parents want their children educated in that manner.
If I sent my child to a public school, I would expect the only exposure my child to have to religions to be in a "social/cultural studies" sort of context. I would definitely want my child to have that sort of understanding of what different religions of the world believe, as it enhances cultural understanding.
As it is, the religious institutions with the most money (the CC) can effectively control the education system to a large degree and put up schools on every block, and I think it's wrong. It's my opinion. I would never send my kids to a catholic school though but there's plenty of others who do based on the belief it's an academically good school, and their kids are being taught the catholic faith and that god exists and blasphemy is a sin.
Last edited by Ellewood; 23-02-2013 at 19:18.
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