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Yes/no poll on religion in state schools.

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seeker Tue 08-Sep-09 14:32:25

Do you think state schools should be secular, but with RE lessons giving information about all the main world religions as part of the curriculum?

blametheparents Tue 08-Sep-09 14:33:21

Yes, they should be secular

CaptainNancy Tue 08-Sep-09 14:34:13

Absolutely yes they should be secular.

UnquietDad Tue 08-Sep-09 14:34:37

There is such a divide between those who want religion as an integral component in schools and those who don't, that surely secularism in education is the only acceptable compromise.

AramintaCane Tue 08-Sep-09 14:35:08

Yes, they should be secular.

paisleyleaf Tue 08-Sep-09 14:35:32

Yes, I think they should be secular.
I can take DC to church/pray/talk about Bible stories out of school if I wish.

undercoverelephant Tue 08-Sep-09 14:36:20

Yes - should be secular

MrsBartlet Tue 08-Sep-09 14:37:09

Definitely should be secular.

BunnyLebowski Tue 08-Sep-09 14:41:40

Yes yes YES they should be secular.

skybright Tue 08-Sep-09 14:44:00

Yes

englishpatient Tue 08-Sep-09 14:45:52

Yes

Yes

AnnieLobeseder Tue 08-Sep-09 14:52:42

Yes, absolutely. I very much resent my village school teaching my Jewish child to pray to Jesus.

GrimmaTheNome Tue 08-Sep-09 14:52:57

Glad you started this seeker! I'd been thinking of doing something like this myself.

Yes they should be secular
Yes they should have education about main religions/world views.

throckenholt Tue 08-Sep-09 14:56:38

YES - definitely secular.

Yes they should be taught about belief systems and also that some don't belief any organised religion.

Seems unanimous so far

GreensleevesFlouncedLikeAKnob Tue 08-Sep-09 14:57:58

yes secular

ninedragons Tue 08-Sep-09 14:59:30

Yes. I would go so far as to say that religious schools should be illegal. They are a force for social separatism and division. If you want to teach your children about your particular religion, do it at home.

happywomble Tue 08-Sep-09 14:59:45

NO !

weegiemum Tue 08-Sep-09 15:00:20

Yes, they should be secular.
Yes, they shoudl educate about the major world religions with , if possible, people from those religions coming in to talk about their religion.

Not up to schools to enforce any kind of worship, IMO. There should be NO state funded religious schools.

(I'm a practicing Christian, btw, if that makes any difference? I hate seeing me faith misrepresented by crappy assemblies etc ....)

sorky Tue 08-Sep-09 15:01:48

Religion should have nothing to do with either education or politics.

Unfortunately, it seems to have a far too influential grip on both.

Faith schools should be self-funding too imo. If you want a religious education for your child you should pay for it.

choppychopster Tue 08-Sep-09 15:09:13

Yes,schools should definitely be secular. Teach about what different religions believe give moral guidance (for example treat others how you would like to be treated yourself, don't steal, etc.) but children shouldn't be expected to worship or faced with reglious indoctrination.

hayes Tue 08-Sep-09 15:10:35

yes

GoldenSnitch Tue 08-Sep-09 15:14:55

Ditto what Sorky said.

Yes they should be secular

Snorbs Tue 08-Sep-09 15:15:08

sorky, I agree entirely - if you want your child to go to a faith school then you should pay for their place.

I do somewhat resent the fact that the only state secondary school within a reasonable distance for my DS is unavailable to him because he doesn't believe in their invisible man religion.

Chaotica Tue 08-Sep-09 15:17:32

secular!

(And I'm not too fussed about whether they learn about religion or not, although I don't mind it coming up at some point between Icelandic sagas and Greek Myths.)

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