Schools Shouldn't Require Classes That Contradict Kids' Religious Beliefs

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crossFinally Christians and Muslims have something to agree on: They don’t want public school teachers teaching their children on matters that go against the teachings of their respective religions -- topics ranging from homosexuality and birth control to evolution and global warming.

In Ontario, Canada, newly passed Bill 13 promotes diversity and acceptance in an attempt to curb bullying. Punishing bullies used to be sufficient, but apparently not anymore. Now our kids need to be taught about sex -- both homosexual and heterosexual -- to avoid hurting anyone’s feelings. 

Here’s a concept: Why not teach kids to respect all people, regardless of their skin color, gender, religion, or parental status? Why all of a sudden do kids need to be taught about sexuality, environmentalism, and religion (but not Christianity! Never Christianity) in order to play nice?

Back to Ontario and this Bill 13. Many parents have complained about the new policy, and have asked that they be notified when the controversial subjects will be taught in class, so that they may exempt their children from those sessions.

One parent, Steve Tourloukis, says:

I’m not an extremist, but I must ensure that my children abstain from certain activities that may include lessons which promote views contrary to our faith.

Tourloukis is suing the Hamilton school board for their refusal to communicate with him before his elementary aged son and daughter were taught in the classroom about “family, marriage, and human sexuality.” He is supported by the Parental Rights in Education Defense Fund.

Parents absolutely should have a right to notification and an option to withdraw their children from controversial teaching. Teachers’ rights to teach do not supersede parents’ rights to parent, and their wishes should be respected. After all, we’re the ones that are raising them -- from diapers to graduation caps; it’s parents that do the heavy lifting. When they turn 18 and go out into the world, they can complain to their therapists that mom and dad wouldn’t let them stay in class to hear how fish are more important than people, or how lesbians do it.

The state does not know how to raise our children better than we do, and the implication that they do is insulting. Kids don’t have to be taught about homosexuality in order to be nice to the kid with two mommies or two daddies. Kids rarely care about that stuff anyway. Let parents decide how much they want to tell their kids about alternative lifestyle choices.

While they’re at it, they should teach their kids to be kind to everyone, no matter what their families look like.


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Stace... StaceyBoBacey19

Why does everyone assume all athiests are anti-everything? Like the comment about how athiests would be upset if learning about Jesus was required. Or the Christmas carols comment? And until they create private schools where the curriculum is purely scientific, public schools should continue to teach these facts.

nonmember avatar teener

Bills, your last comment was laughable. I'm so done with this.

bills... billsfan1104

NatandCo, I totally agree with you. What I would like to see in school, especially high school age, all sides. What I dont want is a teacher that teaches one side and refuses to teach a differing opinion.

bills... billsfan1104

Bye bye Teener. Smoooches.

jessi... jessicasmom1

I believe children should live out to be just that a kid they need no more emotional strain 

Robert Hagedorn

Should the anus be used as a sex organ? Google First Scandal. When you get there, go to the top of the page and click on "Can you explain..." Please note: this website you reach will be deleted on November 1, 2012.

Greg Young

How about schools go back to teaching "The three R's"? Young people today tend to have very poor literacy and numeracy skills. Believe me, I taught young adults, as a trade teacher, for 20 years and watched the standard of their education decline year by year.

commo... commonsensed1

all these controversial topics are stemmed from things that Exist. Homosexuality. global warming. Living things(evolution vs creation). Whatever. The fact that educational institutions are trying to include this in class must mean its an issue in the schools and needs to be addressed. And from what I read in this article alone its because of bullying. Having strong beliefs and views about some of these things myself I can understand a parents fury to a point. However as a parent, despite having these views, my child  (when she is old enough, but not too old where she will learn it elsewhere) WiLL know that things abound, and that there are many many different lifestyles,morals, choices, and preferences that people have and that even though they differ from ours it does not mean they are inferior or that we should treat them badly. Being sheltered all through childhood and adolescence is just a recipe for disaster. Children need to be educated, but at proper ages (to be decided by parent) and by the proper persons (i.e parents or if consented, another adult i.e teachers).  Parents with any kind of moral standards or beliefs trying to incorporate them into children must also teach them to respect all, no matter who they are or what they do. ON THE SAME NOTE PARENTS OF CHILDREN WHO CHOOSE DIFFERENTLY MUST TEACH THEM TO RESPECT OTHERS. IT GOES BOTH WAYS.(no pun intended ;)) 

Joel Roos

I posted earlier in this string of comments, but I wanted to make a clarification. Those of us who are arguing that a public school should not allow parents or religion to dictate curriculum in any way are arguing that a parent shouldn't be able to pull a child out of a class because it goes against their religion. We do not believe that those parents are necessarily trying to change curriculum for all students. The point we are making is simple: public education is about fact, free from influence and should be taught to all students without exception. Teaching about homosexuality is not a morality issue but rather a science and sexual education issue. What a parents stance on it shouldn't exempt their child from learning the information.

Astarie Dennis

I too do not think that just to teach equality, that you need to teach about sex and homosexuality or other things. Not at such young ages. And if it is taught, I should have the right to exempt my child from that. There was a school that REQUIRED harry potter books on the reading lists. I am TOTALLY against things promoting spells and witchcraft, so I should have a right to say I do not want my child filling their mind with those things. Not saying don't teach it, just let me know ahead of time so I can make an informed decision about what I want them to learn and hear.

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