Religion has been an influential feature on the world since the beginning of time. One of the biggest debates is whether or not religion should be allowed in school.Many people argue that allowing education and religion to coincide is going against the first amendment but I feel that if it’s done respectfully then it can really be beneficial in one’s life.Teaching religion in schools helps students understand the differences among the principles of each and every religion and also creates a more open-minded individual.
A century ago, most of America’s public schools were religious schools.
In 1963, in the case Abington V. Schempp, The supreme court outlawed public school teachers from reading the Bible devotionally to their students or leading prayer in public schools.Over time, redesigned schools have been created in order to make schools for all children and not exclude any students .Freedom of religion is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or community, in public or private, to manifest religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance.Freedom of religion exists to ensure that the state doesn’t establish or impose any official religion. That doesn’t mean that a government can’t show support for certain religious practices or beliefs.
Religious groups are growing world wide and everyday we push it further from our day to day life. We try to ignore it rather than be open to New teachings and the possibility to find an interest in one of the groups.About 40% of Americans can’t name the first book of the bible, Only half of Americans know that the Quran is the holy book of Islam, 47% know that the Dalai Lama is Buddhist. This is Religious illiteracy or when people are lacking the knowledge, Sensitivity, and understanding of other religions.
Chuck Stetson wrote, The Bible and Its Influence, the only First-ammendment safe textbook that is currently being taught in over 625 public high schools in 43 states., The Bible and Its Influence is an opportunity to share the contents of the Bible in an appropriate way. Used in combination with the Bible, the textbook presents biblical content such as the narratives, characters, plots, parables, prophecies, and proverbs in the Bible. The program was designed to address the fact that, without an understanding of the Bible, today’s youth cannot fully understand literature, art, history, music or culture. A survey showed that nearly 100% of teachers agree that students are disadvantaged by not knowing the Bible. They agree that they need to teach the Bible academically because if they don’t understand the Bible then they can’t fully understand the English language, literature, History, Art, Music and Culture.
There are over 1200 documented references to the Bible in the 36 plays of Shakespeare and the first sentence in Moby dick is “ Call me Ishmael” but if you don’t know who Ishmael is then you won’t receive the full understanding of the text.
I strongly believe that Religion should be taught to educate the students on the effects of religion in social, cultural and political life. Religion continues to play a huge role in society and studying religion doesn’t mean being indoctrinated, it should be critiqued and questioned but it shouldn’t be from a position of ignorance.
Boosting religious literacy eliminates harmful stereotypes such as Islamophobia and it boosts your critical thinking skills, It creates a better functioning society because it affects how we get along and how we as a society work to get over conflicts and you get to see how many interpret questions such as “ who are we?” and “What is the meaning of life?”.
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