Bump for the afternoon - again - a really interesting listen.
I remember our scripture teacher in year 5 giving us rocks and telling us to suck them so we could taste the "honey in the rock".
That was memorable lol
As for the OP, no i dont believe it should be taught in schools.
I am a practicing christian, i do not believe that one religion should be taught in public school. This is one of the reasons i am sending my kids to a christian school. I do believe that i should have the right to send my kids to a christian school.
I think public schools should teach a 'world religions' class. Teach about all religions and beliefs, but most of all, tolerance and acceptance for the beliefs od others. I am tired of hearing that all muslims are terrorists. I as a christian have been told that i am stupid for my beliefs, religion is the cause of all war and hate in the world, only people of low intelligence would believe in god, my beliefs are fairytales and absolute bullsh+t... i could go on but you get the idea. I would love for the future generation to be able to speak about religion respectfully, without putting others down. It would be great if the christian kid isnt bullied at school. I myself have friends that are christian,catholic, muslim, mormon, buddhist and athiest. I love the diversity and what i can learn from each one, and i completely respect their different beliefs. This is what i want kids to learn in public school - and scripture class as it currently operates doesnt teach any tolerance or respect.
I don't think any religion should be taught at all. I find it infuriating that religion is pushed onto our children. My kids have a morning prayer at their public school. Why? It's so unnecessary and offensive but yet legislation dictates that this is acceptable.
I'm much rather see ethics taught across the board. It's a far more inclusive, applicable and relevant option.
As a Brit who did "religious studies" at school. I find the Australian system so very strange. I learnt about all religions, visited mosques and synagogues as well as churches of many denominations. It taught me about different values and belief systems. I found it very interesting as it was also a bit of history.
Why this approach is not taught here I don't know. We were never preached to and we were taught by someone who was a full time teacher who had studied all religions (well most).
Other than in this factual teaching I do not believe any kind of religious "education" should be in schools.
I think religious education in public schools is unnecessary. If you want your child indoctrinated, do it in your own time.
However, I wouldn't have as much of an issue with it if- 1) if it was an *actual* choice ie, not presumed that your child does scripture, not have difficulty getting the school to accept that your child no longer wants to do scripture (this happened with DS1), and that if your child doesn't do scripture, they have an actual non-scripture class to attend that isn't just colouring-in; and 2) if scripture was taught by actual teachers, not just random religious nuts.
It would be so much better IMO to have a religion class that taught about all different religions.
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