I know in the Baptist schooling environment, it is less about the actual teaching of RE, more the idea of a Christian environment that is more nurturing than the standard public school system. It certainly had a positive effect on my life, I was a bright but unhappy kid, and had I not changed schools I doubt that I would have finished high school.
I really don't like the idea of forcing a child into RE either tbh, I don't see it as being constructive or positive for the student, or the teacher teaching the subject!
mama and her little bearxxx (23-02-2013)
ALL religions think theirs is the right one, and all religious institutions want others to believe in them too.
Anyway, yep I certainly agree its to their benefit to incorporate it into the school curriculum, I just don't think it's right. I know others do though.
Will it be a big deal to make it elective? Or are they scared majority of kids won't get involved? How many of these parents even take their kids to church or involve them in religion at home? Besides celebratinig easter/christmas and that's it? How many people baptise their babies just because it's tradition or even just to get their kids into a good school with no interest in the religious side?
Making children go to confession? I mean are you joking? What do kids need to confess about? Why would anyone want their child to participate in such a thing? I think the catholics need to worry about the sins of their priests and the corruption in the vatican and not be so concerned about getting children to confess and feel they need religion to cleanse their "sins"
Sorry, not ranting at you Elijahs mum
I still don't believe in re for children, and highschool kids should have it as an elective at least after grade 10. What will happen if it's elective so the kids whose parents want them to learn and believe in it can make their kids attend? Why is that so bad? Does it still not achieve the same thing?
Funding is a catch 22 though - if private and catholic schools had their funding stopped then the fees would rise dramatically forcing parents to go back to an extremely underfunded public system and it would not cope with the influx of new kids
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