Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Public Education about Religion: Why Not?

Bruce Prescott gets it right. It would be terrific if public schools studied religions from a sociological perspective, from the POV of a historian of religions. Religion is, after all, one of the most important and pertinent aspects of human existence.
My own experience tells me this excuse is simplistic. Having participated in a conference of ministers discussing teaching creation science at a small town public school in Oklahoma, I know that conservative preachers will drop their demand for public schools to teach creation science if that also means the schools will be teaching the creation accounts and religious beliefs of Native Americans and other religions.
Posing the rhetorical question, how can history be taught without teaching about religion? Oh, I forgot. History is taught in an amazingly slipshod and useless way in public schools in the USA.

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