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Should religion be taught in schools? Or is it up to the parents themselves to educate their kids on religion if they so wish?

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I think we should teach children ABOUT religion, but not how to be religious. That's what churches are for. Religion should be kept out of politics, and schools.
It was when I was in school in the 60's.
We were a Christian based Country.
Life has changed now, so it may not make a comeback.
Do I think it should be taught in school's.
I think it wouldn't do any harm...if the parents would like it.
I would like to say yes, but in a good way about all religions and how they should respect each other.
I am not sure if this is possible though, unless they can find really good teachers who are ready to believe the same as well. People tend to get biased when it comes to religion or they might start getting complaints from parents who do not like their kids to know about any other religion. It can get complex.
by BK
I think it should. But not just the dominant religion of the country - all major world religions should be taught and in a way that encourages tolerance and respect for different beliefs and also helps children to think for themselves not just accept what they are told.
Religious education yes, religious instruction, no. It's great to teach kids about religions so they can have a better understanding of the lives and cultures of the people they meet and to give more context to stuff they learn about in history and through literature. However, religious instruction, ie. telling them what to believe has no place in public schools.
I think it is ok to teach children about world religions, not one specific religion.
Also, if it is a religious school, like an anglican school or catholic school, then it's okay to teach that religion in that school.
Yes, religion is important to learn. Because it explains human perception, culture, and laws (law enforcement) in fundamentally religious societies. From it children can see the deviations into what primitive societies now holds as information from scientific discoveries, and what is pseudo-scientific or even metaphysical. It is important to for schools to teach it so that children can see its advantages and limitations- be it psychological, social, medical, legal, financial, etc.
I think public schools should offer ethics over 'scripture', and leave the religious instruction to the parents. In religious private schools, as a parent, I would expect a certain level of that religion to be present across the board.

I also think that public school counsellors should be trained counsellors, and not 'pastors' or chaplains. In a private school, I would want a counsellor, but if it was also a religious school I would expect that counsellor to be sympathetic to the religion of the school (which is assumed to be the religion of the attendees).

That said, private or public, I feel religion should not be indoctrinated, but offered. It should be discussed, not dictated. And all the options should be acknowledged. There are many philosophical and historical aspects to religion that are worthy of learning.
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