My thoughts on teaching religion.
As a retired Headteacher who has taught in both America and Britain I remain amazed at the differences and stupidities in both.
In Britain, which is now a fundamentally secular country, the only compulsory subject by law is Religion. It is also compulsory to have a religious assembly that is wholly or mainly Christian. Presumably Islamic, Jewish and Hindu schools can do their thing.
In America, which is dominated by Christianity, religion was banned from being taught.
In Britain, in a comprehensive school, I have seen some devout teachers who set about indoctrinating their children with Christianity and saw that as their job. Heaven knows what extremes of religious indoctrination are deployed in religious schools. They did this with impunity with the full backing of school, governors and the education system.
In America, when I taught evolution I had to teach fifty percent of the lesson on the insane and highly unscientific theory…
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