Religion in schools

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TheJudge
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Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:14 pm

So this topic is simple. Who believes that religion should be taught in public schools? (Which religion ((if one particular)) and why?
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sulfurburner
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Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:43 am

I could argue either way...

If it were I would like to see religion offered as an elective class that educated students on a brief history of the main religions, that way students could develop their own beliefs based off of information provided, rather than a forced belief.
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Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:16 am

But on the arguing side of that would be why just the "main" ones? Why be selective to what "us Americans" consider the "main" or "most important to us"?
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Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:54 am

TheJudge wrote:But on the arguing side of that would be why just the "main" ones? Why be selective to what "us Americans" consider the "main" or "most important to us"?


I guess by "main" I meant the ones with the most followers, which wouldn't limit the list to what most American's believe in. Plus covering every religion wouldn't be feasible in a semester or year long class.
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Thu Feb 06, 2014 1:28 pm

True, but also with the instructor teaching the subject. (even with the laws and such) Wouldn't the question of "is it right to teach these and not the others?" Appear?
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Thu Feb 06, 2014 1:29 pm

Don't get me wrong, I honestly don't care if schools do, as long as it would be an elective and not a requirement.
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Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:44 pm

TheJudge wrote:True, but also with the instructor teaching the subject. (even with the laws and such) Wouldn't the question of "is it right to teach these and not the others?" Appear?


I'm not in the teaching field but I would assume this happens now with other subjects. obviously public schools (or private for that matter) can't cover everything on any subject. I believe each state has a committee that regulates curriculum standards.

I took World Geography in high school but I couldn't tell you the capitol of Uruguay

I took U.S. history but for some reason we didn't cover the conflict in Vietnam.

there's only so much you can fit.
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Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:18 pm

With the state of KS or MO, if they taught (as requirement) and they specified (for ex. baptist) how would you view that?


I only ask because I am a conversationalist. :)
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Fri Feb 07, 2014 8:51 am

If I had kids I wouldn't send them to a school that forced religious beliefs.
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Fri Feb 07, 2014 4:26 pm

My thoughts that way too
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