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    Re: US states mull laws allowing religion in science class

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    That could happen, but schools have been teaching comparative religions for a very long time now. At least, they have been in California. I'm not that familiar with other states, but it stands to reason that they would do so also.
    I understand they have been teaching comparative religion courses in California. In today's climate, I would support banning such classes in public K-12 schools.

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    Re: US states mull laws allowing religion in science class

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    I understand they have been teaching comparative religion courses in California. In today's climate, I would support banning such classes in public K-12 schools.

    People can't have their cake, and eat it too.
    I'm not sure I understand your reasoning there. Religion has an enormous influence both on current human activities and on history. It would be pretty difficult to understand either human history or current events without considering the impact of the various belief systems.
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    Re: US states mull laws allowing religion in science class

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    I'm not sure I understand your reasoning there. Religion has an enormous influence both on current human activities and on history. It would be pretty difficult to understand either human history or current events without considering the impact of the various belief systems.
    We are living in a time of extreme PC. The demands that religion not be mentioned even at sporting events is rampant and continuous. If that is the game that is going to be played, then NO religious teaching in any public classroom. Period. Separation of Church and State must be followed to the letter of the law.

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    Re: US states mull laws allowing religion in science class

    Quote Originally Posted by ocean515 View Post
    We are living in a time of extreme PC. The demands that religion not be mentioned even at sporting events is rampant and continuous. If that is the game that is going to be played, then NO religious teaching in any public classroom. Period. Separation of Church and State must be followed to the letter of the law.
    The sixth grade "social studies" curriculum in California includes a component on comparative religions. Kids are taught the basic beliefs of Christians, Muslims, Hindus, all of the world's major religions. If anyone has objected to that curriculum as not PC, I haven't heard of it. I myself have taught that curriculum.
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    Re: US states mull laws allowing religion in science class

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    The sixth grade "social studies" curriculum in California includes a component on comparative religions. Kids are taught the basic beliefs of Christians, Muslims, Hindus, all of the world's major religions. If anyone has objected to that curriculum as not PC, I haven't heard of it. I myself have taught that curriculum.
    This surprised me -that Grade 6 students were getting comparative religion studies. I think it's a good idea that they are learning about the beliefs of some of their classmates, but wonder if discussions might be too simplified for students of that age bracket to gain much comprehension of those other faiths.

    Have you had any parental complaints or praise in regards to the classes?
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    Re: US states mull laws allowing religion in science class

    Quote Originally Posted by ocean515 View Post
    We are living in a time of extreme PC. The demands that religion not be mentioned even at sporting events is rampant and continuous. If that is the game that is going to be played, then NO religious teaching in any public classroom. Period. Separation of Church and State must be followed to the letter of the law.
    Um, religion can be mentioned in a lot of situations. You don't get to push it into a science classroom, or force it on students in other ways. I'm sorry that triggers you, bro.
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    Re: US states mull laws allowing religion in science class

    Quote Originally Posted by Somerville View Post
    This surprised me -that Grade 6 students were getting comparative religion studies. I think it's a good idea that they are learning about the beliefs of some of their classmates, but wonder if discussions might be too simplified for students of that age bracket to gain much comprehension of those other faiths.

    Have you had any parental complaints or praise in regards to the classes?

    I've never known parents to complain about teaching comparative religions, no.

    Yes, the discussion of that and any other subject has to be simplified for 11 year old kids. That's why this subject, like others, should be re addressed when kids are older.
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