I believe religion is a highly cultural experience. It all depends on how you grew up and how your parents trained you. I go to a school that in general leans towards an atheistic belief. However there is a large number of Christians on campus. There are also a large number of people that would identify with a particular faith.
I can only speak for myself and I feel that education can only aid in understanding religion, and it helps in accepting other religions, while simultaneously respecting our own. When people learn about something they are less likely to fear it because they know what it represents. I am a strange mixture of the Christian and Buddhist faiths and my dad feels that Buddhism interferes with my Christian upbringing. However due to his lack of knowledge about Buddhism he only sees it as a form of "THE DEVIL," when in reality Buddhism has no one "God" that rules all and therefore cannot conflict with Christianity.
Education really brings about the ability to see from another perspective and I really feel that America would be a better place if the entire populace were more educated, there would be less racism, sexism, xenophobia and any other bad words you can think of. If racist white people knew that every black person doesn't go around robbing people and screaming "Bitches and hoes" then there would be less racism. If we knew that every Mexican was not a landscaper or an illegal immigrant, then we would be less inclined to make so many jokes about it.
Education is the key to understanding, because the outcome of true education is understanding the topic!