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Religions MUST be taught in public schools

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  • Independent
    Plymouth, WI
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    Some atheist, when they are faced with death, they end up praying to God for help.  Some would say it is too late, I say better late than never.

     

    Religion is a HUGE part of our world history, atheist or not.  It is the reason for most of our wars and was the guide for many countries and still is for many.  ALL our children need to know the truth about religion; I had to learn the truth as an adult.  As a child, it hurt me to see the ones that were not Catholic, because I was taught by a single church.

     

    No, our school should not teach children about God, but why don’t they teach children about the different religious beliefs, and how the religions differ and agree, this is not putting a single church or religion in the public schools, but it will teach children the truth about religion and how they differ?  If our schools can teach what evolution is, it is only fair to teach them what religion is too, and that religions don’t believe in evolution, they believe in creation. Do any children in our public schools even know what creation is, if they don’t they should?   

     

    An education in the different religions would have saved me much worry, had I realized that the Catholics are not the only members of God, and was not the only religion that believed in good for the most part.  A child of an atheist family will never know anything about religion, just what their parents teach them about it, and I can guess they won’t hear anything good about religion.  ALL children deserve to know the truth, not just what an atheist parent will teach, or a parent of one particular religion.  Being a child of one religion, I had no clue what the others beliefs were as a child, and again, had I been educated, my worries would have been less.  Most parents don’t know the facts of all the religions, but it is far time our schools start teaching them for sure.

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    Comparative religion is taught at the college level. And be where it should be. If you ever take the course you will understand why that is so.
  • Independent
    Plymouth, WI
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    WovenGems Wrote: Comparative religion is taught at the college level. And be where it should be. If you ever take the course you will understand why that is so.


    I wish you could explain to me more why younger adults should not be taught this subject. 
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    unitedmajority Wrote:
    WovenGems Wrote: Comparative religion is taught at the college level. And be where it should be. If you ever take the course you will understand why that is so.


    I wish you could explain to me more why younger adults should not be taught this subject. 


    It be a huge class. Youngsters have to cram so many things in there just isn't the space for that kind of class till college.  
  • Independent
    Plymouth, WI
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    WovenGems Wrote:
    unitedmajority Wrote:
    WovenGems Wrote: Comparative religion is taught at the college level. And be where it should be. If you ever take the course you will understand why that is so.


    I wish you could explain to me more why younger adults should not be taught this subject. 


    It be a huge class. Youngsters have to cram so many things in there just isn't the space for that kind of class till college.  


    I  agree with that cramming, the schools each year want to teach more at an ealier age, their really isn't even time left for a kid to be a kid now a day.  Maybe they could back off with some of the things children are taught to make room for religion?  It really is amazing the knowledge of a 5th grader today, I don't agree with making our children adults at the age of ten, call me old fashion I guess.  
  • Strongly Liberal
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    This is an important issue, because all children -- not only in America but in all countries -- should learn the basic tenets of all the major religions.

    Such education would help in America and in the world, because it would help create understanding, and empathy. Children would understand that the basic purpose of religions is really the same -- to create in people a sense of belonging to one big family called humanity -- and to teach that we all should treat others as we would want to be treated if we were them. That's what all the major religions are supposed to teach.

    As it says at http://cjcmp.org - it's the Universal Divine Imperative, common to all religions. All great spiritual teachers taught it, in one way or another. Thus Jews are supposed to be taught that we should not do to others what is hurtful to our self. Christians are supposed to be taught to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. And Muslims are supposed to be taught that no one is a true believer in Allah until he loves for all others what he loves for himself.

    Similarly, Buddhists are taught that we should treat others as we treat our self. Hindus are taught that we should not do unto others anything that, which if it were done to us, would cause us pain. The Taoists are taught that we should regard our neighbor's gain as our own gain, and our neighbor's loss as our own loss. Those of the Bahai Faith are taught that we should ascribe not to any soul that which we would not have ascribed to our self. Followers of Confucius are taught that we should never impose on others what we would not choose for our self. And the founders of all other religions have taught the same thing in different ways.

    Understanding that would put an end to to "holy wars" fought by hypocrites who have been led to believe that their religion is superior and must rule.
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  • Center Left
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    I see your point but I believe that schools should be more concerned about basic academic subjects with the current state of our public schools. As far as religious tolerance goes, I think respect for others is the most important lesson that can be taught. This lesson can not be taught by schools alone. These values need to be also instilled by family as well as religious and social organizations. Hatred and the bullying of others who are different is the core of the problem. A child who is considered to be a Geek is often bullied as severely as a child with different religious beliefs. These attitudes towards others who are different follow many children into adulthood as does the respect of others.
  • Independent
    Plymouth, WI
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    Guy Dwyer Wrote: This is an important issue, because all children -- not only in America but in all countries -- should learn the basic tenets of all the major religions.

    Such education would help in America and in the world, because it would help create understanding, and empathy. Children would understand that the basic purpose of religions is really the same -- to create in people a sense of belonging to one big family called humanity -- and to teach that we all should treat others as we would want to be treated if we were them. That's what all the major religions are supposed to teach.

    As it says at http://cjcmp.org - it's the Universal Divine Imperative, common to all religions. All great spiritual teachers taught it, in one way or another. Thus Jews are supposed to be taught that we should not do to others what is hurtful to our self. Christians are supposed to be taught to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. And Muslims are supposed to be taught that no one is a true believer in Allah until he loves for all others what he loves for himself.

    Similarly, Buddhists are taught that we should treat others as we treat our self. Hindus are taught that we should not do unto others anything that, which if it were done to us, would cause us pain. The Taoists are taught that we should regard our neighbor's gain as our own gain, and our neighbor's loss as our own loss. Those of the Bahai Faith are taught that we should ascribe not to any soul that which we would not have ascribed to our self. Followers of Confucius are taught that we should never impose on others what we would not choose for our self. And the founders of all other religions have taught the same thing in different ways.

    Understanding that would put an end to to "holy wars" fought by hypocrites who have been led to believe that their religion is superior and must rule.
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    Your post is interesting to see how all the religions you talked about have the same belief but worded differently. How hard would it be to teach this to children?  Then teach them how the extremist of some religions have altered history and started war even.   I think it is VERY important for all to know how extremist of some religions has nothing to do with the base religion.  This should be part of basic history I say.   Maybe we wouldn't have a great part of the majority believing that all Muslims are terrorist.  We wouldn't of had the resent church slaughter in WI if basic religion was taught to the adult that did the slaughter, had he been educated, it is very clear this killer had no clue of the facts, thanks to the lack of religious training in our schools.  

  • Other Party
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    A great part of the majority does not believe that all Muslims are terrorist. Some do, but not the majority and not even a great part of the majority. Some people certainly do believe it, just as some Muslims certainly are terrorist.  To claim that the church slaughter in Wi would not have happened if he were taught about religion is a rediculous claim.  No one knows, certainly not you.
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    Religion is never going to be taught in public schools below the college level because certain skills are required prior to taking a comparative religion class. Same goes for Biology 101. The schools are for developing skills needed to learn. Before one can run one must learn the mechanics of walking.

    Are those pushing for comparative religion being taught at gradeschool level thinking Christianity will win the the marketing war?
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    I was raised in Iowa and my parents were Catholic.  They sent me to Catholic schools where, obviously, the Catholic teachings were all that were presented.  I find it an interesting approach to teach ABOUT religionS, not getting into the specific and fine details about each one, but presenting the generalities. This could be done with legislative approval by each state, BUT I am sure it would also require the presentation of all religions including atheism, just to be fair and non-partial.  I have no idea how early in a student's life that this should or could be presented.  Maybe high school would be a good place to start, since up to this point (high school) the parents have supposedly been seeing to the indoctrination of their child into the religion of their choice.  Not that this class or course would ever be intended to create ideas against the parent's wishes, but it would surely give these students the advantage of knowing about all the religions that are out there in this world, and letting them form their own opinions on down the road. 
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    michaels39301 Wrote: I was raised in Iowa and my parents were Catholic.  They sent me to Catholic schools where, obviously, the Catholic teachings were all that were presented.  I find it an interesting approach to teach ABOUT religionS, not getting into the specific and fine details about each one, but presenting the generalities. This could be done with legislative approval by each state, BUT I am sure it would also require the presentation of all religions including atheism, just to be fair and non-partial.  I have no idea how early in a student's life that this should or could be presented.  Maybe high school would be a good place to start, since up to this point (high school) the parents have supposedly been seeing to the indoctrination of their child into the religion of their choice.  Not that this class or course would ever be intended to create ideas against the parent's wishes, but it would surely give these students the advantage of knowing about all the religions that are out there in this world, and letting them form their own opinions. 


    I would agree with you but say Middle School is the place to start. We won't have to ever worry about this happening however, the conservative religious right would scream bloody murder that "Jesus" was being defiled in public schools!
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    pr Wrote:
    michaels39301 Wrote: I was raised in Iowa and my parents were Catholic.  They sent me to Catholic schools where, obviously, the Catholic teachings were all that were presented.  I find it an interesting approach to teach ABOUT religionS, not getting into the specific and fine details about each one, but presenting the generalities. This could be done with legislative approval by each state, BUT I am sure it would also require the presentation of all religions including atheism, just to be fair and non-partial.  I have no idea how early in a student's life that this should or could be presented.  Maybe high school would be a good place to start, since up to this point (high school) the parents have supposedly been seeing to the indoctrination of their child into the religion of their choice.  Not that this class or course would ever be intended to create ideas against the parent's wishes, but it would surely give these students the advantage of knowing about all the religions that are out there in this world, and letting them form their own opinions. 
    <br /> <br /> I would agree with you but say Middle School is the place to start. We won&#39;t have to ever worry about this happening however, the conservative religious right would scream bloody murder that "Jesus" was being defiled in public schools!
    pr Wrote:
    michaels39301 Wrote: I was raised in Iowa and my parents were Catholic.  They sent me to Catholic schools where, obviously, the Catholic teachings were all that were presented.  I find it an interesting approach to teach ABOUT religionS, not getting into the specific and fine details about each one, but presenting the generalities. This could be done with legislative approval by each state, BUT I am sure it would also require the presentation of all religions including atheism, just to be fair and non-partial.  I have no idea how early in a student's life that this should or could be presented.  Maybe high school would be a good place to start, since up to this point (high school) the parents have supposedly been seeing to the indoctrination of their child into the religion of their choice.  Not that this class or course would ever be intended to create ideas against the parent's wishes, but it would surely give these students the advantage of knowing about all the religions that are out there in this world, and letting them form their own opinions. 


    I would agree with you but say Middle School is the place to start. We won't have to ever worry about this happening however, the conservative religious right would scream bloody murder that "Jesus" was being defiled in public schools!
  • Independent
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    Hello Folks, Please consider that there are over "240" types of religions, Yuup those are real numbers !!!, there fore I kind of believe, that Religion and what YOU believe
    should be private. Because of these diversified "Believe systems" which are mostly *dictated* by where we grow up, labels that we inherit, often we feel stuck with these
    Isms, than later on, as we mature perhaps get changed.  Children should be taught to be, "honest, loving, kind, and respectful"  
    IT certainly is not ever easy to be human,  however we need to !grow up! and stop beating on the other guy, because he/she is different in what their believe.
    We CAN,  Yes we can make the changes, by lifting-up Mankind to be a much greater understanding Human race.
    Many loving regards. L
  • Independent
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    luisek Wrote: Hello Folks, Please consider that there are over "240" types of religions, Yuup those are real numbers !!!, there fore I kind of believe, that Religion and what YOU believe
    should be private. Because of these diversified "Believe systems" which are mostly *dictated* by where we grow up, labels that we inherit, often we feel stuck with these
    Isms, than later on, as we mature perhaps get changed.  Children should be taught to be, "honest, loving, kind, and respectful"  
    IT certainly is not ever easy to be human,  however we need to !grow up! and stop beating on the other guy, because he/she is different in what their believe.
    We CAN,  Yes we can make the changes, by lifting-up Mankind to be a much greater understanding Human race.
    Many loving regards. L

    Of course there is no time in public school to teach all the beliefs to all these religions, yet to teach about the religions that altered world history is only natural, if you are going to teach history.  Teach these children the basics of the top ten maybe, since these are the religions that help create the world we live in today.  Religion is a huge part of history; you cannot teach history accurately without teaching the greatest influence of our history, religion.