Studying religion in public schools
Wichita’s Minneha Core Knowledge Magnet School teaches students about the five major religions of the world … including geography, major symbols and figures, and the religions’ places in world history. That’s why Minneha had a bulletin board depiction of the Five Pillars of Islam.
Somebody put a photo on the internet, saying the school had “banned all forms of Christian prayer”. School district spokeswoman Susan Arensman says that it not true … that “students and staff have the right to engage in private prayer or religious activities as long as it’s not disruptive”.
The bulletin board was “disruptive” and it was taken down, at least for the time being.
The district emphasizes that teaching about religion doesn’t mean attempting to convert students. The district believes that knowledge is a good thing.
The Minneha bulletin board illustrates American education at its best … sharing useful information with students. I have serious doubts that most Muslim schools allow the study of other religions, including Christianity.
That’s a good point to consider.
Our thought for today is from Frank Herbert:
“The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.”