Religion Brought Into Classrooms
by eflem3 on September 18, 2013 - 2:25pm
Beauchamp, M. (2011) Face To Faith: Teaching Global Citizenship. Phi Delta Kappan, 24-27.
Face to Faith is an organization that is trying to put religion into our schools. The founders believe that if everyone was taught about religion and was aware of all the different kinds, things in the world would be better. They see it as getting an understanding of everyone’s point of view. They believe that being informed about different religions in school will help kids to become more tolerant of others that are different from themselves. A belief is held that intolerance, prejudice, and discrimination grow from the things that people don’t understand. Face to Faith has become active in 400 schools and students get to talk with those of other religions and get to understand them a little better. The students videoconference one another and build relationships with those that they may have never connected with. Face to Faiths goal is to bring a simple understanding and tolerance of different religions to those of the world. They do this by teaching the kids in school that it’s okay to talk about your religion and to have a different religion than someone else.
I think that the Face to Faith program has established a wonderful purpose. I think that it is a wonderful program that should be spread worldwide and implemented in the schools. I think that it is important to think about how keeping religion out of schools has shaped our viewpoint of religion. They make a wonderful point that if we all were to know and understand different religions, maybe we would be more tolerant of them. I think it’s a wonderful idea, but that it would be a hard thing to force all kids to do. Making all of the kids participate could cause some issues among parents. Truly looking into how we can fit a little bit of religion into schools is a great point in this article. I think that the idea and morals behind Face to Faith is an idea worth looking at.