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The study of religion in Ontario public schools has evolved to include the study of ideas and practices of a variety of religious traditions. The population of Ontario today includes significant numbers of people from diverse racial, ethnocultural, and religious backgrounds, and Ontario public schools seek to foster respect for and understanding of different cultures, including their forms of religious expression.
The court elaborated on the differences between indoctrination and education in the following manner:
1.) The school may sponsor the study of religion, but may not sponsor the practice of religion.
2.) The school may expose students to all religious views, but may not impose any particular view.
3.) The school's approach to religion is one of instruction, not one of indoctrination.
4.) The function of the school is to educate about all religions, not to convert to any one religion.
5.) The school's approach is academic, not devotional.
6.) The school should study what all people believe, but should not teach a student what to believe.
7.) The school should strive for student awareness of all religions, but should not press for student acceptance of any one religion.
8.) The school should seek to inform the student about various beliefs, but should not seek to conform him or her to any one belief.
Originally posted by Ambient Sound
I don't really have a problem with the concept at all, but my worry would be if the teachers could remain truely unbiased. This is the real problem. I was married to a teacher ---- Oh, sorry. Educator, once. I can provide personal testimony to the fact that teachers are like anyone else. Personal bias and agendas creep in.
Originally posted by ZeroDeep
Serious? Nice, I also hear that Pyscology is being offered in Highschool aswell.
Man I missed out.
Originally posted by DeusEx
Ehhh... it's not as great as you think. I was one of the first classes to go through the new cirriculum. I was in a catholic school about two years ago, and we had World Religions as a mandatory course. Unfortunately, only the most zealous and fanatically indoctrinated teachers have the honor of teaching World Religions. Basically, the teachers turned it around into a comparison course to Catholicism/Christianity, and basically picked out each and every flaw with other religions from Sikhism to Islam. At one point, Buddhism was actually ASSIMILATED into christianity. It was truly awful. The teacher mocked students of different religions. In one case, we had a native student in our class. She shared her own experiences and culture from firsthand events, only to have the teacher turn to her and call her belief system primitive straight to her face.
WHen we went on a field trip to various temples and places of worship, we all just kept our traps shut and our distance from the woman. The trip didn't go well. Needless to say, the next year there was no world religion field trip.