posted on Oct, 29 2012 @ 08:50 AM
Okay, let me say that I applaud your involvement in your child's life and studies, however, your complaint about the material is misguided.
If they were teaching that God spoke to him (or anyone else) and told him that "this" is how God wants life lived...you would have a very valid
point. They are teaching beliefs that are held by people around the world.
It matters to know that stuff.
You (and even I) might prefer that the world was closed off and different cultures had very little to do with each other, but, right now at least,
that simply isn't the case. If you want to work with other cultures in a productive manner you need to have some sense of the foundations of their
society. If productive work should fail and you find yourself in conflict with another culture you cannot hope to win without understanding the
foundations of their society.
Islam, for example, teaches that the charging of interest on a loan is a sin against God. In a global society that's pretty important to know. If
they decided not to pay back the interest they would be in perfect step with their religion. If they pay interest on a loan they may blame the lender
for leading them to sin. While not all Muslims strictly follow this prohibition it impacts regular dealings in a modern world. There are countless
other items of equal importance about many cultures that help to explain the world that we live in. Ignorance of these facts could lead to less power
in any dealings for the ignorant party. Do you want your child to have less power?
Again, I understand your concerns about religion of any sort in a school but the items your refer to aren't relgion they are facts about what people
in the world believe and help to provide a basis for understanding that could prove important, not only for your child, but your country and your
When I was in school and I had trouble with something we were taught conflicing with my religion my mother told me to write "In school we were taught
that..." you could pass that on to your child. It not only solves the problem of getting the grade but reinforces for both the child and the school
that the information is not necessarily now a part of your child's world view...it's just what they were taught in school.
Keep being involved in your child's life and nothing that they teach in school should really bother you. The discussions that you and your child
have about the material take it to a whole new level of critical thinking skills.