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Originally posted by MonkeyFishFrog
reply to post by Unity_99
Unity_99 part of the 8th grade curriculum for Canadian secondary schools is a unit on World Religions. They usually cover all the major religions as a way of teaching the students tolerance of their fellow students who may have belief systems different than theirs. I can't speak for your son's teacher but I know my 8th grade teacher made it very clear she was not using the class to preach (in fact she staunchly refused to tell any of us what, if any, religion she followed) or to convert or to make anyone question.
If your son has notes or handouts from the class, I encourage you to give them a read, and see if they are biased or at all an attempt to convert your child.
Originally posted by Unity_99
Originally posted by TheOtter
It sounds like he is being taught cultural literacy. I bet he will probably read The Iliad or The Odyssey at some point in school. When they teach it, they also teach about the gods and goddesses the Greeks believed in. It doesn't mean they are teaching the kids to believe they exist or that they should be worshipped.
That would sociology. Something I loved in college, and would have pursued to a masters degree if I could have.
But alas, what you are talking about is called Religious Studies, not be confused with social studies, and not suitable in Canadian School System for minors, which by the way is SECULAR.
The gods and goddesses are taught as a part of mythology, ie. no idea of reality involved and not a part of history. That is usually English.edit on 29-10-2012 by Unity_99 because: (no reason given)