Yes, that’s right I am giving my opinion of religion being taught in schools. Let’s face it, every priest, minister, rabbi, and wizard has complained about Victoria replacing religious instruction with an inclusive class on respect. From my understanding, the religious folk are screaming foul, that every child needs to learn their morals from thousand year old texts that were never originally written in English (and so are interpretations); that it’s only for half an hour once a week and what can a class about respect teach that specific religions cannot? And of course they all think that it should be the schools responsibility to teach a belief to children.
Whatever happened to a separation of state and church? There is a time and place for religious instruction and its called Sunday school, if the parents want their child taught then they will make the appropriate arrangements. That way school is for learning the things that all children should know; reading, writing and arithmetic.
I’m not going to go into an attack on belief systems; if you want to believe in something and follow the lifestyle, then that is your own choice. I however I don’t think the school should be responsible for something that isn’t inclusive of all students. Teaching them instead about how to respect each other and themselves, that sounds like a class I would’ve loved to have been a part of instead of sitting and waiting for scripture to be over.
Morals are learned from everywhere, not just from religion. I am not agnostic, but I am not fully atheist. I have a certain amount of faith in energies and past lives. I personally do not believe that there is a god or that it would be a human like entity.
There is nature. There is science. There is unexplained science.
I’m trying to explain that without being told to follow what was said two thousand years ago, I have developed my own ideas and learned my set of morals from my life experiences, my family, my peers, and my elders.
So how about instead of pushing, we show what it means to be a human who cares. Respect yourself, others, and the environment. Show the kids how to do that and they’ll be just fine.