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Religion and Education

Last semester I wrote a paper on how religion, truth, and education should be interrelated.  I am not a proponent of forcing students to follow my particular religion, but I am of a strong belief that beliefs should be more central in classroom discussion.  Let me explain, in probably oversimplified terms, how I think that religion should effect the following subjects:

  • Math: Most people have divorced the idea that math and morality are related.  This is a most unfortunate circumstance.  Math, in the modern institutions, have largely been reduced to the theory in which it is rooted.  Growing up in the 1990s and graduating in 2004, I grew up in math programs that used very few word problems.  Math teachers at the high school level must, as much as possible, help students make moral decisions in their everyday life.  For instance, we should not divorce theory altogether, but we must implement that theory into real life situations.  The majority of problems on a homework assignment should be something that students can relate to.  Students should be discussing the immoral ways that math is being used by the media, and how algebra and other concepts show the way that government works.  Math should be rewed to morality.
  • Science: No one is science should try to divorce the ideas from science with the moral situations that those scientific theories give rise to.  For instance, a discussion on how social darwinism sprung from Darwin’s Origin of Species should not be left by the teachers to an ethics class sometime in the future.  Students should be encouraged to analyze the bias behind scientists, and students should always be encouraged to think critically about the moral issues that face scientists.
  • Literature: I do not have to spend much time here, for literature has always been linked to emotion and morality.  Most English teachers do not have difficulty discussing the religious and philosophical views of the authors student read, looking at and examining religious allusions, and other such things.
  • History: It is also not hard to see how history and religion are related.  Some would argue that it is the history of religion that explains the history of the world.

It is not hard to examine such things and think about the ways religion should be tied into education.

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  1. I would love to see science taught in a way that includes the philosophical and religious intuitions that guided various scientific movements. For example, James Clerk Maxwell developed electromagnetic field theory (and laid the groundwork for Einstein) out of his conviction that the cosmos reflected the relational (not atomistic) nature of the Trinity. I want my kids to learn Science not as a passionate human activity, not as an abstract inhuman THING out there somewhere.

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