Should Religious Education be part of the school curriculum?
Do you think that religious education should be part of the school curriculum?
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Yes it should
If religion is taught in American schools there would diverse types of religions to consider teaching to the students. Many religious belives I would'nt like my chilren to be taught because it contradicts what I teach them at home.
It helps build society
It should but it needs to be optional for the student and only the student, because it's their choice to believe or to not believe in religious phenomenon. And religious people (this is mainly to the Christians) should not try to force their beliefs down their throats, which I find to be quite sinful. And they should teach more than just Christianity but every religion, like paganism and neopaganism.
Religious studies has a broader value
Religious studies gives depth to human personality
Yes, so long as the education is objective and diverse
It helps us understand the world from other people's point of view.
RE helps to challenge misconceptions, prejudice and ignorance which can divide society.
Religion does have the potential to divide (as does politics or any other Human phenomenon) especially if it is not understood. Therefore it is even more important to develop a greater understanding of it to prevent division, ignorance and prejudice especially with the increase in multi-faith societies.
This assumes that religion is being taught as a way to learn about all religions. Often this will not be the case. The chances are that the religion teacher will only have a really good knowledge of their own religion so will mostly teach that and will inevitably be bias in his/her teaching of other religions. This could have the opposite effect from that hoped for by the proposition.
The first question you must ask when looking at this is what about the people who are of different or no faith. Is it worth alienating just one person so that the rest of society can do what they want? If so, I would call that communism and I believe that every individual should have a say in what goes on. If we bring education into the classroom then we are just bringing prejudice into the classroom. There are definately good aspects to religion (but most people do not get their morals from religion), but what are children of religion supposed to think of nonbelievers when their number 1 commandment is "Though shall not worship false gods"? This will surely lead to the nonbelievers being outcasts in a place where they are supposed to just be learning.
I will not deny that learning about religion is important in an educational sense but studying it from a spiritual sense should be done in a person's own time. Why bring something that is totally irrevalent and based off of beliefs, not pure facts, be brought into the classroom?
No Point, It takes up time when other GCSE's are important.
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