In early October, religious leaders and politicians met in Atlanta to discuss the role religion should play in fixing the public education system.
From policies to curriculum, these folks are pushing to reform public education through the use of religion.
Well, that sounds lovely, but the most efficient solution is not going to be religion.
The quality of public education is an important issue facing the nation. From quality of teachers to the success of students understanding curriculum, there are a lot of factors that need changing, and religion can only complicate things.
Religion tends to cause more problems within learning before solving them.
Combining religious principles within an already unsuccessful system sounds nice due to the rules laid out in scriptures that pave a path to holiness.
On a deeper level, there are issues that can arise that will hinder the progress of changing public education.
It is understandable that the underlying morals and values religion teaches are beneficial for helping people to live in tranquility. Currently, these same morals and values are taught in schools, but from a different perspective that does not involve answering to religious hierarchy.
It should not be a mandatory expectation for students to accept religion to acheive success in their academic careers. It is a topic that should be believed and upheld by people who choose to do so on their own time by attending church, bible study or private school.
Religion is a separate institution for a reason. The principles within religion vary from each type and the context of religious texts can be interpreted in opposite ways.
Involving a complex ideal, such as religion, into policies and programs will cause conflicts.
Determining what religious principles to apply to the public education would be a difficult problem. The U.S. has many diverse cultures practicing different religions due to ethnic diversity.
The possibility of creating a standard for each school district of every county in the U.S would be far too complicated.
Some faiths are completely un-accepting of other faiths, and create inequality amongst those that are different.
Inequality creates intolerance, and these issues are at the core of bullying in school.
Bullying is one of the problems that delays a child’s ability to excel at school; this type of behavior is one that doesnt need more reason to exist.
Deciding what the standard religion that public education will embrace will take too much time and will be controversial. Students do not have time for this; the changes to the public education system must be immediate and efficient.
Furthermore, many religions have different theories on issues and tend to be unaccepting of conflicting ones, such as topics involving science.
Religous leaders tend to discredit any proven scientific facts that contradict their beliefs.
Those who preach and teach religion can be done by dangerous people, they can twist the message to support hate-fueled agendas.
This type of behavior is common and the risk of influencing students with this damaging mentality is too great.
Religious texts have been proven to be taken out of context and traditionally do not accept homosexuality, interracial mixing, music, dancing and even exercise.
These groups gathering for reform have it all wrong; public education is a system that is failing. Old, archaic ideologies from the Bible are not going to change it.
Reform will just revise; this issue needs to be completely changed from the inside-out. It needs to be revolutionized.
The real problem lies in the lack of fresh ideas that involve students. These ideas need to transform lecture into application and application into understanding.
Teachers need to motivate students to uplift themselves and one another with honor and respect. Students need to be taught how to be emotionally and intellectually independent through learning, not be taught to conform and place limits on themselves thanks to religious influences.
If a parent wants religious influence for his or her child during their education, enroll the kid in private school or teach these principles at home.
Do not demand it to to be incorporated into a system that is already messed up; it wont fix the current and real problems.