I like the discussion about religion in public schools. I remember when I
first realized there was no religion in American schools that I found it
strange. We have a state religion in Iceland(Lutheran) and it is taught in
our schools but we also teach about other religions. Also the religous
teaching is mostly about morality and keeping up traditions that go with
our religion, Holidays etc.. Icelanders are not big churchgoers on the
whole and many say we still believe in the old things like "little" people
or "hidden people" in Nature. Anyway it is all very easy and not forced on
anyone and I think like so many of you have said we cannot teach art of
different cultures without teaching about a peopleīs beliefs. Therefor it
would be unthinkable to teach here without teaching about the religion we
had before we "became" christian in the year 1000, that is the old Norse
mythology and in many of my art lesson that is where we fetch ideas just
like in the beliefs of people in far away lands. So I really donīt
understand how you could possible teach art without teaching about the many
kinds of religions, beliefs and customs that make our world so colorful.
And I myself even if brought up on this State religion I do not practise
it, go to church etc. but we learned the ten commandments(which were of
course not Christian in the first place) as children and I think they are
just good moral rules for one to go by.
Well enough now, but I have enjoyed this discussion much and I think it is
good how many of you teach about different religions.
Regards from the far north, Rosa