Reasons To Disagree
keep religion out of schools, it will only be corrupted by the person teaching it, its up to parents to provide this category of teaching.
no religion should be pushed apon kids look let them make there own minds up
There is only One True Faith, the Roman Catholic Faith, instituted by Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
An awareness maybe taught perhaps
Rubbish! They'd have no time to gain any true and useful knowledge.
no u have people that dont believe in religion at all
no, it should be an option at public schools at secondary level
Religion is dangerous
religion has no place in a school - especially a non religious school
Exception... In an optional religious history and mythology class.
Religious Instruction should not be in our state schools. We already learn ABOUT different religions as part of Social Studies and History.
Reasons To Agree
Not until secondary school. Then it quite clearly fits into social studies and then all NZers will know about more than just one religion
All significant religions as well as other systems of belief (including atheism, etc)should be taught in schools, without bias or proselytising. Young people need the opportunity both to consider the options for themselves, and to gain insight into the beliefs that others hold that are different from those they have been exposed to in their home and social environment.
It should be there for the taking, either half an hour at the start of school on a certain day or half an hour at the end then it will become parents choose to send their kids to school on that day for that half an hour
You can't teach kids ALL religions, but an introductory course on each MAJOR religion and what the beliefs entail, how it benefits and negatively impacts society and how it affects peoples' personal lives might curb some ignorance.
I agree with the first person, primary kids are really too young, but secondary state schools should be given the choice AS LONG AS they don't show any particular bias to one religion. I also agree with what the last person said, giving them a taste of each major religion would be beneficial. We do it for cltures, why not for religions?
But an emphasis put on the fact that these are more like multiple accounts of the same story, they should be told that there is controversy and it is up to them to weigh the facts - not brainwashed to actually believe this a true story like we were at school.
From a historical point of view, its a massive part of different cultures and has defined tha path history has taken
And atheism, and agnosticism.
If they choose to teach religion then yes all should be taught. However, should religion even be taught in school? (public)
Only as a warning to show how stupid a large percent of the human population is.
Perhaps an introduction to the theologies behind the major religions around would be useful. This could help explain various cultural differences between buddhists/hindus/jews/muslims for example as well as exploring the similarities (that fundamentally all religions encourage people to adopt a positive moral outlook).