Should Religious Education be Mandatory in Schools?
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July 29th, 2012 (5:27 AM).
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Just to clarify what the British RE system is like, because your reaction seems rather OTT.
In Britain Religious Education aims to help understand the route of both modern day religions and ancient day societies, at the moment it is often called "Religion and Philosophy".
You learn things such as, but not limited to:
Creation stories of multiple religions; in my class we studied Christianity, Islam and Hindu.
History of Religion; who founded what, how things have changed.
Religious festivals; Christmas, Ramadam, Diwali.
Religious traditions; clothing, worship, pilgrimage.
Religion vs Science; mostly the 'philosophy' side, taking about what the 'main opinion' of different religious groups is towards things like Abortion.
As an Atheist it did nothing but confirm that I do not believe in a God, however that doesn't make the stories in the Bible (or Qu'ran) any less interesting. Also, like Bluerang said, I think it does contribute to a deeper understanding in the current generation. The UK has a very multicultural population, although the older generation are still quite racist the younger people are 99% indifferent to race.
Religious Eduction in the UK is not about teaching people how to be good Christian, it does not involve reading the Bible - you read a diverse array of Religious literature from numerous times/locations/races. It aims to teach EVERYONE something about ALL religions in society.
/doesn't know what OTT is
Then it's essentially the same as any comparative religion course one takes in College here in the US. Which are still electives unless that's your field of study. Learning about various world religions is great and could help to foster acceptance and understanding to a degree, but school classes won't assuage a few centuries of religeous conflict and misunderstanding.
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