Religion influence many aspects of day to day issues such as life choices, dress, and education.Religion is an important entity in the lives of many.In the context of a secular and multi-religion society, religion must be discussed and contained in an objective, impartial and balanced manner.
If religious groups were allowed to mandate what is taught, essential component of the educational system would be lost or distorted because of the views of the religious group.
Religion is based on an individual’s preference and should not be forced upon another individual.
In conclusion, the courts and legislatures will continue to performance a vital role in defining religious issues in schools for the common good of schools and society.
Outside litigation and legislation—will be the promise to student’s religious liberty in the minds and hearts of the society.
The ban on student use of veils in schools forms a turning point in addressing the ever challenging issues of religion in schools.
This comes in the wake of increased awareness of student’s freedoms and rights.On the other hand, teaching religion in a doctrinal, or a way that support a particular religion is against the law in many societies.In many occasions, the distinction between “teaching religion” and “teaching about religion” is unclear and challenging to balance.Christians believe children should be educated by following a key set of principles. The educational system should develop the whole person.This includes spiritually, morally, socially, culturally, and emotionally.The liberties provided under the Constitution allow individuals to practice their religious beliefs openly and without judgment.These beliefs provide guidance and structure in the lives of these individuals.In light of all these issues, it is of concern to look at the future and potential direction of issues that related to religion in schools especially in the wake of increasing association of religion and terrorism.Recent news headlines regarding the ban of religious dressing (Hijab) in Europe have re-ignited debates about religion tolerance and its future in schools and society.Each of the major religious groups in the United States has a very different philosophies on how children should be educated.According to Bantilan (2009) if education is to produce something good, there must be an inclusion of morality into the system.