posted on Feb, 9 2010 @ 03:24 PM
Originally posted by smyleegrl
You have to be careful here, and consider the age of the children involved. Developmentally, young children don't think for themselves; they simply
regurgitate what they hear adults say. And this is why indoctrination at an early age works. Tell a child that the sky is blue when he's young, and
he won't question it when he's older.
No, they don't. The weak-minded do not question.
As a teacher who works with older students, I believe religious discussions can be extremely thought provoking if done correctly. The teacher
should not be presenting the material as absolute truth, but as a possibility, a history lesson, a morality lesson, etc.... Let the students think
for themselves, learn to define what they believe and why they believe it.
Perhaps that's true in a perfect world, but we do not live in one and this would be abused more often than not, subtly or overtly.
This is not in question, and while these discussions might be thought provoking, they are better left until after primary schooling. Additionally,
moral quandaries are certainly numerous that do not include religion.
Its a popular misconception that teachers aren't allowed to talk about God or pray in school, and its not true. If a student asks me about
God, I can explain my beliefs so long as I make it clear it is my belief and not necessarily fact.
I'm not saying what can't be done, but what shouldn't be done. There is no place in basic levels of education (k-12) for religious discussion, and
as an extension of the State, they should not be done for very obvious reasons.
You can't separate religion from history...in fact, I guess you could say religion is one of the main motivating forces behind history....so
completely ignoring the subject of religion would cause problems when studying the past.
There is a difference between discussing the circumstances of history and discussing religion itself. Obviously the Iliad would be tough to read, as
most Greek and Roman history, without mentioning it, however most of these religions are currently dead and are really nothing more than history.
There is an obvious difference between teaching about Salem and why things happened, but discussing current religious dogma is wrong for Public