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Should religion be taught in public schools?

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Many private schools, will have their own religions taught - nothing much in public schools.

The question for me is should we teach religions in public schools like Jehovah's Witnesses, Buddhism, Catholic, Indigenous Aboriginal culture, Islam, Witchcraft, Sikhism and others coming directly from the people from the religions or spiritual groups themselves?

These people know the realities of their groups - and I feel it could be good for students to learn something different in our public education system - rather than just about letters and numbers in primary schools.
Posted by NathanJ, Monday, 16 June 2014 2:18:48 PM
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Probably right there. They should be taught how to be good atheists.
As in real life not fiction.
Posted by 579, Monday, 16 June 2014 4:58:41 PM
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Should any sort of religion be taught in any school. The world is torn apart by religion.
Atheism has itís own belief, Religion in public schools was disbanded yonks ago, and for good reason.
Posted by 579, Monday, 16 June 2014 5:09:35 PM
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Come on Nathan, with the dills we have teaching schools today, the kids are lucky to know what 2+2 equals by the time they go to high school. We are having enough trouble getting the kids literate & numerate as it is.

Start expecting them to learn some totally superfluous & of little interest to most, would be far from helpful in them covering the necessary.
Posted by Hasbeen, Monday, 16 June 2014 5:25:16 PM
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I believe, that rotation between all schools, leads to an even distribution of all beliefs.

Kat
Posted by ORIGINS OF MAN, Monday, 16 June 2014 6:11:25 PM
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Dear Nathan,

Religion plays important roles in some people's lives
and in our society - therefore we should know about
the various religions that exist to promote greater tolerance
and understanding in our society.
However there is a difference between education about
religion, and religious instruction.

Learning about
different religions is well and good, but actual religious
instruction should not occur in state schools.

For example it's one thing to say - "God Loves You!"
That's the language of religious instruction.

Whereas to say that "Some Christians believe that God
Loves You..." That's teaching about a religion and
that should be acceptable.
Posted by Foxy, Monday, 16 June 2014 6:11:29 PM
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