No. There isn't really a whole lot of practical benefit from making such a subject mandatory. Maintaining the standard of maths, English and science should take more importance.
Students already develop thinking skills in mainstream mandatory subjects. In terms of your other stated benefits, they're not necessarily applicable to future career and practical use. The likelihood of students going on to fulfil a job that requires knowledge of all world religions is extremely low.
They do have 'World Faiths', or at least they did when I was in school. Whether or not they should be mandatory is questionable, because the theists who don't send their children to religious schools probably don't want them taught about other faiths, and atheists generally don't want their kids taught about theism at all.
Maybe. But in the U.S. at least, you couldn't force anyone to attend such classes in a public school, or to send their children to them. Freedom of religious expression is just that, and it includes freedom FROM religion.
True. And if taught in a neutral, secular manner, in historical context, like it generally is in such classes, it is very helpful. The question of insisting every child take the class is what has traditionally caused conflict and protests from parents who feel like they have the right to determine what THEIR children are taught that is NOT within a basic skills-oriented education; the way some parents protest teaching sex education in schools.
In middle school and high school, several standard history classes included over a month of learning the basic teachings of all the major world religions. I think it is very important.
NEVER mix Religion with ANYTHING (School especially) All it does is make u a fearful, weak-hearted slave!
I AM a servant of God, follow a religion. I have no fear, i am not weak hearted by no means, and am not a slave. i can still choose everyday what i wish. may i ask why you believe the way you do, why you think that is what happens? not all religions are them same.
The Monsters I live with do that Fi me EVERY DAY! Exactly what I fear will happen if I "Accept God" into my world!
I personally pray to the Moon & Queen Serenity for guidance & Wisdom.
It would be a good idea and help people realise that since we all believe in god, the only difference between religions is the way in which we personify him. Hardly the justification for wars!
When you speak to someone, such as a Muslim and say "yes, we all believe in god, you just call him another name", it is amazing how quickly friendship and understanding can begin.
We would have a nation full of atheists in a decade. :P
Some schools offer or require "comparative religion" classes. A school would have to very careful to keep the teacher's attitudes and prejudices out and to keep churches from using this to proselytize. This would be best as a college level class.
In England, Religious Studies is compulsory for the first 4 years, sometimes even longer. I like to think that's why most of us are absent any religious affiliation...
Yes, in america everyone has to take this evolution theory class, mandatory. but there is a Law saying they cant teach about the religions. how is this fare and considered to be ok with the right to religion. It is a education system, everyone should be allowed to decide for them selves if they wish to believe in God or not. but should be given the ability to learn of both, evolution, and all the religions in order to make that choice. Religion should not be forced on anyone. but also non religion should also not be forced on anyone either.
there are laws that say american colleges cant teach about the religions. they have some classes on theology yes, but nothing really in depth about any religion, Knowledge is all i ask for, give all the knowledge, and let the individual decide, i think we are in agreement on this :)
Not possible. No matter who teaches the class they'd be biased to their own belief. Even athiests are bias toward naturalism, we see that everyday. Better not to teach it at all unless the child opts to take it.
that is what i think i meant. to have it as an option for those to choose.
The problem there is there are religious scientists. People who spend there lives proving their theology with their science and athiests proving their naturalism with science. Who gets to chose the test and the "facts"? This is an impossible task. It's also why the world fights about it's religions.
Again, no way to do this in a non biased way.
You could try if you could make it interesting. But most young people fall asleep if they can't be texting.
Wouldn't that be the study of war? Most religious text are the history of the conquering people. I'm not opposed to teaching young people how their life has been shaped by war. But how will it relate to them.
In my country it was a part of the middle school religion class to learn about religions of the world. =O
It was informative, and yes, helpful. After it I knew more about other religions and I wasn't so ignorant to other beliefs. I was raised Lutheran, but I'm an Atheist now. Coincidence? I don't know. *flower*
The teacher, I believe, was a methodist, who told us stories about being saved by God, when falling several stories from a window.
I live in your dreams. =)
Or just remove the entire concept of religions from schools.
but why then would it be ok to teach non religion through evolution theory, why should people not be given a choice?
Should the schools take on that responsibility?
It should be the parents responsibility for morals and beliefs. Schools can deal with educating on facts.
No. Too many religions.
How about all the Asian traditions?