Christianity in School

by myriamgatineau on November 20, 2015 - 11:50pm

The American Humanist Association (AHA) published an article saying that religion and education should be separated. A third grade teacher at Benavides Elementary School was promoting Christianity to her students by having a cross on the wall of the classroom and saying no one is perfect except ‘our lord’.

The AHA did not approve of the teacher’s actions, therefore they responded by sending a letter to the school district saying “All students have the right to learn free from religious indoctrination while in school,” and “Teachers should be educating students with facts, not spouting religious opinions”. The AHA demanded neutrality when it comes to religion and education, emphasizing the fact that “Teachers should be educating students with facts, not spouting religious opinions”. Is it morally okay to force a catholic view on such young human beings, who are naïve at their age and have different beliefs? Should these kids be allowed to be entitled to their own beliefs without being influenced?

In conclusion, I believe the American Humanist Association did the right thing by fighting for these human rights. As an atheist, I would hate for my teacher to try and make me believe in something I don’t. I don’t find it morally okay to force someone to believe, because exactly my point, it is only a belief. Everyone is entitled to believe or not in something, and that is a personal choice. No one should be forced to accept a certain view.