The merit of religious education as a subject in schools.
Here in England schoolkids are given set religious education lessons on the national curriculum.
Even when I was at school many years ago we had about 2 hours per week of lessons dedicated to world religions (including 'religion' such as zen buddhism etc.) and morality (discussing issues such as charity and euthenasia- sometimes in a religious context but never mentioning evolotional psychology or morality's scientific origins)
my teacher only ever mentioned agnosticism once- to briefly define it as "sitting on the fence"!
I recall several class polls on religious belief, all of which resulted in the theists (who were in the minority) being laughed at by the atheist pupils. Does anyone have any intersting thoughts on whether this kind of peer pressure is a good thing?
I think it is very good that many incompatible religions are being shown side by side with an equal claim of validity. I feel however that religion should not be taught as a subject but instead integrated as modules within the subjects of history and psychology. Any thoughts on that approach?