This site is not maintained. Click here for the new website of Richard Dawkins.


← What's the Place of Faith in Schools?

DeejayJones's Avatar Jump to comment 27 by DeejayJones

I live in Australia where there are two different types of schooling. We have public education, which is effectively run by the State Government, and we have private education, which is usually religious based, such as “Saint Mary Star of the Sea”, etc.

My personal belief, is that in these private schools, who’s basis is in religion, should be allowed to teach religion, as the parents are always aware of this fundamentality. To even apply for the schools, you need your pastor, or other spiritual leader, to sign for your morality.

I do believe however, that religion should not be taught in public schools. Australia has, for a long time, tried to emphasise how much of a multicultural, understanding country it is, yet actually forces students to sit in through a period (between 30 and 75 minutes) or two, a fortnight, of Christian, religious teachings. At least twice a semester we have a workshop, or speech around spirituality. I’ll take a closer look at my school, a public one. In my year alone, we have Muslims, Christians, Jews, Seven Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Buddhists, Catholics, Baha’is, Atheists, Pagans, Wiccans, and even Satanists. This religion class is mandatory. And 100% Christian. We have so far, been taught that all other religions, including other denominations of Christianity, such as Catholicism, Lutheran and Jehovah’s Witness, is wrong and will lead us to hell. We have been taught that homosexuality and alternative lifestyles are condemned by “god”, and, in the place of homosexuality, is CURABLE. But don’t worry, because God loves everyone, right?

I do believe teaching what religion is about. Like, the history about it, and how it was formed. Basic principles and fundamental beliefs and how the rest of society interacts with these.

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 22:29:44 UTC | #921651