I see it on two ways
- Education tells you what to think
- Philosophy tells you how to think
I'm Catholic and attended a Christian primary and high school (but during this time i wasn't Catholic). I'll be the first to admit that education regarding religion is probably among the most confused and weakest topics of schooling.
I'm British so religious education is mandatory in school there. Compared to subjects like maths, English and science etc. The way R. E is taught is a bit random and undefined structurally. I'd say i left school being more confused and knowing less about Christianity than when i started as did the majority of people that studied this topic. It wasn't until university when i met many anti religious people that i began thinking about it more and doing self study that i actually learned about it.
I don't think most r. e teachers know how to teach the topic. In my opinion i think along with history, a big part of it should integrate philosophy. I think it provides a mutually beneficial structural foundation for thinking and knowledge and would teach people how to effectively use their cognitive faculties to come up with new ideas.
Including philosophy as the basis including history, science and theology i believe is the best way to approach teaching religion
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I am glad that in Canadian public schools they don't teach mandatory religion classes. We only had a very unbiased unit in social studies class in grade 9 about the basics of all popular religions, christianity (different types of christianity), Judaism, Shintoism, Buddhism, Islam, and Paganism. It was really interesting to learn about them all objectively and be able to form our own perceptions about each one. You have to go to a special Catholic school for strict religious schooling and I am glad I did not go to Catholic school!1
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I can just see the teachers distorting and badmouthing Christianity, like they already find reasons to do now. And praise Islam out of the same corner of their mouths.
Public, government run education has been, is, and will be the destruction of many young souls.1