Religion is not science, that pretty much necessitates it be mutually exclusive from a science class. Find me the evidence that religion is a science. You can't, though, because it isn't one.
That's ok, by the by. I'm completely fine with it not being a science, I understand that and am fine with that. Just don't pretend that it is.
/sigh.. I'm making a distinction between teaching religion and simply mentioning in a science class that difference between creationism, ID, etc. while teaching Evolution. My science book did just that, so I know it isn't some crazy concept that isn't done.
I agree with phil here. In the UK at least we have "Religious Studies/Education" class. We learn about all religion. We learn about their creation myths and we assess their beliefs. You can even go on to study it at Advanced (the level before University) if you want to. Then it expands into real Philosophy. I used to enjoy that class actually. It was interesting learning what other religions thought.
I'm all for teaching religion in school. However, I'm definitely against teaching mythology in the Science class room though. Like 'phil said, religion is not science. They should be mutually exclusive as far as teaching them in particular classes is concerned.
Read above. I don't think there are many religious study classes in U.S public schools. Even so, they probably aren't mandatory. As a result, all you get is Evolution as a result.
How so? Religion's had a huge impact on history.
It depends what is taught and how it is taught. If you teach how religion has affected our society, that's one thing. If you teach that John The Baptist was alive and his contributions like George Washington, then you're teaching religion as facts in a public school.
But to attempt to make sense of your post, because I think the gist is to ask why I think this bill is bad since it only limits a teacher up until the 8th grade, I would have to point out that we had a *** ed class in 6th or 7th grade. I had my first crush in the fourth grade, and my first boyfriend in the sixth grade. I think it would be perfectly natural for a kid who is comfortable with a teacher to ask him/her if having feelings for someone of the same *** is normal. That teacher should have the right to try to comfort the kid, or to tell the kid they don't feel comfortable talking about it, and they should talk to their parents.
the latter is the intent of the bill. Again, I think the bill is silly, but at the same time, as a society, we're putting too much responsibility on the education system. I'm not a parent, but I believe it is the responsibility of the parents to talk to their children about those things in the early years. As much as the media likes to promote *** (i.e., "16 and pregnant"), not every child is having ***.