No way. If people want their kids to have a religious education then they should pay for it as an 'extra'. I think its so so wrong to teach it in public schools where there is an array of cultures and religions present. We send DS1 to a Catholic school because he is baptised and the public school here is shocking. It doesn't bother me too much that he is being taught religion even though I am atheist but he did come home the other day and tell us "Jesus loves us all" :-/ eek. This is KINDY!
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01-03-2012 19:02 #52
No in it's current form. I went to public school and did scripture all through primary school as I was catholic and my parents chose that. However not every kid is catholic.
Religious studies would be a better option which is what catholic schools do. My mil used to teach religious studies in a catholic highschool and used to teach about all faiths. So a better understanding of different faiths would be a better idea just to decrease ignorance
Eta- our scripture was always opt in and the kids who didn't do it was majority of kids stayed in class
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01-03-2012 19:44 #54
I'm not a fan of religious instruction for children and certainly not in public schools, I used to run an oosh service and had some lovely young men who were active in the local church group work for me but I had to remind them a number of times that couldn't 'preach' to the kids at oosh.
Funny thing happened yesterday which made me think of the hub, I was at the shops and this little girl who would only have been in kindy was saying jesus christ this and jesus christ that and it sounded like she was cursing
But of course she was just talking about jesus christ made us and jesus christ made the dinosaurs
01-03-2012 19:47 #55
I agree that children should be taught about all major religions, and this should particularly be the approach in a public, non-religious school. Religious kids at public schools can access faith-specific learning through their church, or other place of worship, outside school hours. It would do wonders for tolerance and compassion in our society to give our children some more understanding of how others live and what they believe.
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01-03-2012 21:46 #56
01-03-2012 21:55 #57
Religion forms a great deal of humanity's history. I think it should be covered. I don't think it should be taught as fact, perhaps as 'this is the belief system of ____' etc. I think it would encourage religious understanding and appreciation. I don't understand why religion is offered in senior. It gives students who study religion in catholic schools an advantage with their op as less people in the state study it (non-government schools). I think it would be wrong to preach religion in a government school if it doesn't mesh with the beliefs and values of the parents
01-03-2012 21:56 #58
Isn't offered in senior*
01-03-2012 22:10 #59
My sister completed a senior subject based on religion ('The study of religion') which was an OP subject. This was at a private catholic school. I wasn't offered the same subject when I went through, so I was required to complete 'Religious Education' (RE), which wasn't an OP eligible subject. They made the change in 2005.
02-03-2012 06:24 #60
I don't like it. I do not want DD to attend Scripture classes. The ones here are extremely preachy!!!
If it was just teaching, id be more open. But the whole "god made the earth, there I'd no such thing as evolution" talk would make me very angry.
I think primary school is too young. I'm an atheist and I loved my year 11-12 religion studies class! It wasn't just learning about 1 religion and was not preachy at all!!
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