Religion in schools

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Faerie (January 22, 2010, 09:44:31 AM):
could be ;) but really "tantrum"

Afrikaans is oulik beskrywend.

Correct! Tantrum it is.

My youngest's school only teach about the xtian god in their religious studies.

My eldest though (high school), receive a more wholistic curriculum and have a different demonation every week stating their case for their particular deity. He got chucked out of his religious study period last year because he started asking (the same) ackward questions to each of the "leaders" and insisted on answers which they couldnt provide - they all complained and my son got himself excused from the period (fortunately both the boys enjoy math).

One of the questions I remember was related to the gender of a soul, and if a soul should be genderless, why should women be subservient as a female soul is equal to a males. Good boy. Proud of that one.
BoogieMonster (January 22, 2010, 09:46:46 AM):
..... and how quick they are to abandon one of "God's" children should he think too much. True love that is.
Faerie (January 22, 2010, 09:52:36 AM):
..... and how quick they are to abandon one of "God's" children should he think too much. True love that is.

Yes, the poor lad is doomed to hell, I comforted him by assuring him I'll help him with his shovel as I'm doomed to burn too.

He was considered inciteful as well, being 17 and having an edge over an adult resulted in the majority of his friends pouring over their bibles to find things to challenge the poor sods that came to teach them. It became a huge game with a tally being kept as to who could outwit the teacher the most. This year its offered as an optional and the kids may attend or not as they feel. Much better.
Lilli (February 08, 2010, 13:16:51 PM):
The mere fact that the debate is taking place is already a step forward.

agreed - but is it a big enough step? I mean, a really lot of people have been talking about the supposed merits and/or drawbacks of a religious upbringing for many years now. I think everyone who participates on this forum should know by now that a religious nut is not capable of having this discussion. ('the bible says so', or 'god left me a post-it' seems to be popular counter-arguments.

Faerie I really like your children - they remind me of myself, only i was part of the generation who got a good beating when i rocked the proverbial boat - happy that at least that is not so anymore.
Faerie (February 08, 2010, 13:44:14 PM):

Faerie I really like your children - they remind me of myself, only i was part of the generation who got a good beating when i rocked the proverbial boat - happy that at least that is not so anymore.

I rather like them too! ;D

I was also part of the generation that received good beatings, and hence was a horribly rebellious teen. Probably why I'm so liberal in the upbringing of my kids. I think our generation were still in the trappings of children should be seen and not heard, I was adamant not to do that with my kids, also the reason my kids are bought up English and not Afrikaans - the Afrikaner Culture is generally way too conservative.

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