I don't see anything bad about learning about different religions.
Rebec, perhaps look at it this way? If I was a Catholic, I wouldn't want to learn about hinduism, or buddhism. I would believe in the Catholic religion.
For example, if I brought my children up as Jehovah's Witnesses, I would not have them taking part in other religious studies. It would hen go against what I belive in, and how I had raised my children.
Make any sense to you?
I was born into an Orthodox family, since have changed my religion. So I guess its just my personal opinon really.
I understand if you send a child to a specific school purely because of its religion why you would be upset that another religion is being discussed.
I think its just my personality, I will teach my children about all religions and I still celebrate religious things on both sides of the family.
My ex's daughter (14) goes to a private catholic school, last year for religious studies they too studied other religions, and had to do some sort of project on it.
I was rather surprised myself about this, so asked her how come they studied other religions, she told me it was to teach them about tolerance and respect for other people's beliefs. They weren't being taught it in terms of actually practicing it, nor being told to believe it, just learning about various religions and what THEY believe in.
Those reasons made sense to me.
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But in all honesty i don't think "other" religious studies should be compulsory in Catholic Schools, i would rather see it be by choice from students & parents if they wish to study other religions etc.
The reasons i send my girls to Catholic Schools is to be educated in our chosen religion & belief only.
I understand where Aussie Floyd is coming from, especially since she selected a certain private religious school for her children.
I myself believe in access to as much knowledge as possible, but some times a person needs to be at a certain maturity level before they can process the information correctly and make up their own mind.
TBH unless the school is a designated religious school, I don't believe religion should be taught to children at school at all. I would much prefer they actually teach them good english, mathematics, science, geography, ...
Yep, too many kids sit through religious studies each day and still can't add up a can of coke and a Mars bar without a calculator.
Religion IMHO is something that should be taught by parents/pastors/churches, wherever and whatever religion you abide by, live by and believe in. Just my opinion.
I haven't read all of the replies because I am having difficulties with concentration at the moment, but in regards to your sons Australian history lesson, I think it's fantastic that they are learning about the treatment of their Indigenous people rather than the focus be only on British settlement etc.
As far as religious studies go (I can see in the above post that the subject has been brought up) if your children are at a local State school, I don't feel Christianity should be taught AT ALL!!! If parents want religion taught to their kids at school and it's important to them, there are heaps of religious focused schools around for people who can afford private ED or Sunday school is free at local churches... or the parents can teach their own kids.
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