posted on Jul, 4 2003 @ 04:57 PM
Having religion tied in with education is unfair and wrong, as the mainstream religion in the country in question will always dominate. Through my
own experience of state (public) primary and secondary school in the UK, our education system, in Scotland atleast, is biased towards Christianity.
In primary school, my classmates and I were forced to sing hymns, recite prayers, perform in Christmas plays and attend church for school services.
The problem is that primary school teachers seem to enjoy intimidating their pupils, who tend to be about 1/3 their size, and children feel bullied
into going along with whatever they are told to. When we were of primary school age, the teachers made us feel so small and weak that nobody ever
protested, or refused to attend the Christian services.
Religion should, with the exception of Religious Education encompassing all faiths, be kept out of primary/elementary school, as the children are too
young to understand that the choice should be their own as to what faith, if any, they should follow.
At the secondary school I currently attend, and in all Scottish secondary schools, RE is compulsory, although it is only for 1 hour every week. In
this class we are taught about the beliefs and practices of most mainstream religions, ie; Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam. The school is
still Christian orientated, however assemblies have no religious content and attendance of Christian services at the end of term is optional.
The education of young children, I feel, should be devoid of any religious influence, as they are at an impressionable age, and can easily be
manipulated by teachers who want them to follow a certain religion.
The state of secondary education is not perfect, but it is fair, and nobody has Christianity thrust upon them, unlike in primary school.
I wonder, if the practice of, say, Voodoo, or Wiccanism was promoted in state schools, would people stand for it? There would most likely be outcry,
so why is it any different from promoting Christianity, in a country like Britain where only around 10% of the population attend church?