What do you think about enforcing religion in Catholic schools?
In a lot of catholic schools, it is a mandatory course to take religion, as well as to attend mass, do you agree with enforcing religion on students? To add to that, a lot of students are beginning to turn away from religion because it is being forced down their throats, what do you think of this?
I'm not Catholic but I have known many people who grew up in Catholic school systems, and those requirements have been part of the package for years 'n' years.
If people don't want their kids exposed to such concepts, or object to religion being "forced" on them, then they shouldn't sign them up for a Catholic school...seems like a no brainer to me.
but what if catholic schools are the only thing in the near area of where someone lives, and what if the school is a great school and its clean and safe, most often catholic schools have more funding so as a result they are cleaner, you cant avoid it
Religion, per se, is why the school is different--clean, safe(er), etc., as you put it. The money is not why. Plenty of tax money pours into public school systems, but by the time it gets to the student level bureaucrats have pilfered most of it.
That's a lot of "what if's."
Using your rationale, if the only school close to me was a Yeshiva, I should have the right to enroll there but then tell them "I don't wanna learn about any of that Jewish stuff?" That's absurd.
Yes, absurd. Also sad when a student loses opportunity to gain a mature perspective on an issue because they care more of what their immaturity wants--unwilling to yield to those who are actually able to care more about their future than they do.
Casey, there has to be a good public school in the area or in adjacent areas. Research areas for good quality public schools. One does not have to send a child to Catholic school to get a "good" education. C'mon now.
What?? The entire concept of a parochial school is the fact that it is associated with a Church/Religion, as well as largely supported financially by said congregation. Catholic Schools, Christian schools.....what on earth would you expect one of the main intentions of these schools to be?
It doesn't matter one bit what "WE Think." This is the way it is.
Parents have the "choice" PRIOR to enrolling their children. It's not a matter of students being forced-fed anything. If you choose to enroll your child because the Catholic school is nearest your home, then so be it. We can't have every little thing our way.
This is especially true of "private organizations," which IS what these schools are.
Having said this, I will agree with your last statement about students turning away from being forced-fed.....but this begins at home from Day One. These individuals end up being "Recovering Catholics," or worse, turn away from Religion in general. I realize this first-hand.
However, my parents had no right or option to say, "I want my child to attend Catholic School, but I don't want her forced-fed Religion. That's rather ludicrous. In most cases, it is because they want their beliefs and their Religion REINFORCED in their kids....."Here, I forced fed them as much as I could, now it's your turn!!"
Issues about so-called "religion" and force feeding it could be profitably looked at from many perspectives, but you nailed it on the "What??" Private organizations have the right to legally run their affairs as they see fit sans interference.
I apologize, I meant to ask the question from the perspective of the student, by the time a lot of teenagers reach high school they have already formed opinions on their beliefs in a religious sense, is it fair for teens to endure mandatory religion
3 issues: A) If their parents wish for them to attend the school they should do so with an appreciative/respectful attitude toward their parents and to the school. B) Fairness to teens is very often not in their best interest. C) Life is not fair.
Most Catholic High School students have previously attended Catholic Elementary school...Even so, All the same applies to parents and students as well. I don't think a teen would choose a Catholic school if they're adverse to religion.
Looking at this generally is one approach, but every teen's needs is usually best known by their parents and many things probably weigh into the matter. The religion may not be at the top of the list, but the school may still be best choice...
Exactly, Paula, it's THE PROGRAM ! Its analogous to the military.If one joins the military, expects drills, shouting by superiors, & obeying rules w/o questions.Institutions have rules and if one goes to an institution, one has to follow ITS rul
I don't think that's an issue with Catholic schools themselves as it's right in the name, you know what you're signing up before you send your kids there.
I think that if the student doesn't want to be there, that's something they need to discuss with their parents. I don't think parents should force their kids to attend a Catholic school if they hate it.
However, if it's the only school around, it's one of those "just suck it up" situations. The school shouldn't have to change what it's about just because it's the most convenient school for a non-Catholic. Ideally there would be a public school offered in the same vicinity as a Catholic school so that it wasn't an issue.
If I had to go to a Catholic school I would probably just treat the religious classes like any other class I disliked. I hated math but it was part of the curriculum so I begrudgingly sat through it, did what I had to, and was happy to be done with it when it was over.
For the sake of conversation, "sucking it up" and "begrudgingly" participating are pretty common responses but what if someone had encouraged you to consider something other than what you wanted, helped you grow into a more mature perspective and...
I definitely think you should encourage it to some extent, but sometimes even with an open mind you just don't like something and that's okay, too.
Yes, but it's how we open-mindedly respond, not whether we like a situation, that makes the difference in being able to grow and learn as a person (or stagnate). We have to learn to respond maturely--by learning that we gain more growth opportunity.
Yes, the matter should be discussed w/ the child. If the child hates the thought, DON'T SEND HIM/HER to Catholic school. Everyone knows that religious schools TEACH religion & ENFORCE its rituals. THAT'S WHAT THEY DO!
This is part of the program in Catholic and other religious school. A religious school teaches religion and enforces its particular religious rituals. That is par for the course. There is no avoiding the issue at hand. If parents do not want their children to be force fed religion and attend religious ritual, then do not send their children to religious schools pure and simple. Institutions have THEIR rules and no matter what parents may say and/or attempt to do, institutions are not going to bend their rules and policies to placate the parents. If the parents do not like the institution's rule, do not send the child to the institution. There are alternative schools that the child/children can go to. All the parents have to do is DO RESEARCH!
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