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post #1 of 4 Old 03-27-2009, 03:26 AM Thread Starter
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Religious education in public schools

I go to a public school in Australia , last year a christian youth group called young life came to our school, they make pancakes 1 morning a week for free and go around talking to all the kids, trying to convince them to go to their youth group where they are then (amoung fun activitys) are taught about christianity.

This year at school young life have a few paid employes who come to school and try and force christianity upon students and year 7 and 8 students do religious education in which they only learn about christianity (they can bring a not and get out of it).

Anyway, I think this is wrong, I belive at a public school students should be presented with an un- bais view on religion, our school has students from many countrys and I'm sure there are students with many different religions in public schools across Australia. So what do you think of this system? Is it ok to expose students only to christianity of do you think they should be teaching other religions?

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This is a very sticky subject, First I don't think any religion should push off their beliefs on anyone and I am christian, 2ndly when the school systems deem it their responsibility to take any religious activities or acknowledgment out of schools along with that they allow other types of non-christian religions to come in. It makes no sense whatsoever.
For example here, a student can be punished, expelled for even mentioning the word of Christ or God in some schools, they are not allowed to carry a bible or wear any type of clothing related to christianity or speak their mind against homosexuality, abortion etc. however muslims, satanist, buddists and other religions are allowed to dress according to their religious beliefs, given special treatment as to prayer and they teach its ok to be homosexual and abortion is birth control. I think it is a double standard and if they don't allow one they should not allow any and visa versa.
The schools where my kids go they still pray prior to ballgames, graduations etc, they still hold Christmas programs and sing songs acknowledging Christ which I think is great. So many have taken it to extremes by trampling on rights of some while promoting beliefs of others.
I think the best thing to do is if approached to politely tell them "I respect your beliefs but I do not believe that way, please respect mine" Most Christians will not be offended by this answer, extremists or other religions I have seen usually are

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Over here, religious education is a part of curriculum in public schools. But have to say that as to religion, we're pretty homogenous folk. Almost 80% of Finnish people are members of the Evangelical Lutheran church and even if we have a freedom of religion here, the Evangelical Lutheran church and the Orthodox church (1,2% of people) have a special position in Finland prolly because they have been so influential part of our society during past centuries.

So if you've a member of the Evangelical Lutheran or the Orthodox church you've a right to get religious education in school (I don't know if you have to participate if you're a member of these churchs but you or your parents don't want you to participate). If you aren't a member of the Evangelical Lutheran or the Orthodox church you've a right to get nondenominational ethics education instead of religious education. On the other hand, I know that some religious groups like Moslems have grown their number of members nowdays because of exile and things like that. I don't know if they have organized some kind of religious education in schools theirself, I live in so small municipality that we haven't many Moslems or other religious groups like that. over here. I've also heard that that there are nondenominational schools in some bigger cities.

As to the religious education in our schools, I think it's pretty neutral and objective. I don't know how Orthodoxs do, but in the Evangelical Lutheral education we learned things like history of the church, some basics of the doctrine, ethical things etc. Still, I see that things like the doctrine or ethical issues weren't given us as an absolute truth but more like 'Evangelical Lutherans think that things go like that'. Besides that we learned also other religions in the world and the religion of our ancestries (which wasn't Christianity, by the way). In comprehensive school where everybody have to learn same things these two fields were compulsory part of Evangelical Lutheran education but in upper secondary school which consists of courses and where you have bigger freedom to choose what you want to study them were speciliasation courses.

I see that kind of system works over here and hope it won't become changed in the future. On the other hand, I don't know how it would work or would there be a better system if our folk wasn't so homogenous.

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Originally Posted by lizzie_magic View Post
I go to a public school in Australia , last year a christian youth group called young life came to our school, they make pancakes 1 morning a week for free and go around talking to all the kids, trying to convince them to go to their youth group where they are then (amoung fun activitys) are taught about christianity.
I think you don't have to eat the pancakes.

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