I'm so sorry this happened to your DD
I have very similar beliefs and if this happened to my DD I would certainly be putting in a complaint.
I hate religion being taught as fact. I will be teaching my DD about religions and what they believe/practice (to the best of my ability, lol yay for Google) then be telling her about my beliefs and letting her decide for herself. If someone tried to frighten her into believing in God, or make her frightened for me and her Dad than I'd be going on the warpath
I really dread this type of thing happening at school (its why we are choosing public school in the first place). It honestly makes me want to home school.
I'm catholic but honestly I didn't think religion was taught in state/public schools??
What's the go????
DS's new school now have an OPT IN form!!! So anyone who does not return the form will not be attending RE...i was stoked!
They have also passed a rule that means non RE kids will be doing educational work and not "free time". It will be non curriculum work (which gets them around the gov't ruling) but it will be educational work so that the kids are not simply "on hold" while Access Ministeries hold court and make their religion more important than all the other kids right to maintain their own beliefs.
I'd be furious and would be making a complaint to the school.
I'd be angry too. We've pulled DD out of religion classes because I objected to what she was being taught. Adam and Eve were taught as fact. Dinosaurs walked with people. People are all sinners. Non believers are the devils work. And God created everything, evolution is lies. And it is not taught as beliefs or opinion, but as fact.
i was stunned that this was allowed in schools, taught before the children have started learning science even.
Religion classes differ wildly from school to school as it depends entirely on which religious group conducts the class. I wonder how many parents know what their children are learning and how many make assumptions, trusting that the school oversees it and moderates it?
I was appalled when I discovered the content. I would love to see RE classes removed from school, or else taught by actual qualified teachers as an objective, comparative class teaching kids about the different religious systems. Better yet, replace RE with philosophy classes.
I would love teaching about the different types of religion and what they're about as part of a Geography style class - teaching about the Middle East countries and how Islam is massive part of their lives and how Juadism is a massive part of Israel and Greek Mythology and their Gods when learning about Ancient Greece etc
But not as a specific this is Adam and Eve sort of thing. If families are religious and want their children to be educated in their religion then that is what your family church and youth group is for. Not the public school system.
And I'm so angry for you!!*?!?*%!!
This is so unacceptable. Leave them a copy of "The God Delusion" or "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything" and tell them you want them to learn something special
Religion has no place in schools other than possibly a comparative lessons that includes the option of atheism and agnosticism.
I agree with sending in a note and I would also demand an apology from the teacher/school. I can understand why you would be upset.
I'm just very surprised at the what your daughter is learning at a public school. I'm Catholic and have spent 12yrs in Cath Ed and I have never once heard about people going to "Hell". In primary school it was more about the stories in the bible and the Beatitudes. High school was when we went into the dogma/theology a bit more and then I picked Study of Religion as a OP subject where of course there is the comparison of different faiths and within Christianity.
Mind you - I would lose my shizzz if someone told my kids that God didnt exist.
Last edited by Cinderella82; 10-08-2013 at 21:34.
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