Your thoughts on religion and it's place in education?
Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you a piece of homework if you will – set by me for you. The details of this question are perhaps more important than the question title, even though your answers will still be your thoughts on religion and it’s place in education.
I’ve just seen Life of Pi. A very good thought provoking film that I would recommend to anyone who likes a film that makes you think. There is something that is said in the film’s early scenes, which made me think of something from my own personal experience.
When I was a child, up until I was 14, Religious Studies was called Religious Education, and it was only concerned with teaching Christianity. Enter multiculturalism and a mass number of immigrants, and the curriculum is eventually changed, whereby almost every conceivable religion is thrust upon schoolchildren leading up to their GCSEs (for those not sure, GCSEs are effectively the final exams a schoolchild will take in the UK before leaving school and typically end up going to college thereafter).
I’ve changed the thing I heard and put it in to more or less my own words;
Faith is a bungalow of many rooms, school is the hallway of confusion.
Is it right that children having grown up on one faith should be essentially forced by the curriculum to learn of many faiths?
Do you think it is right that a child should have their faith tested regardless of what religious and cultural background they come from?
Does it teach more tolerance of other faiths, or is it likely to confuse a child who may eventually become more concerned with their spiritual well-being?
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