Easter services in a secular school

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I find it interesting that Public schools have Easter Services. Students with a note can go to the Library, the rest attend the service.

Views of teachers are divided from “Whats the big deal?” to “Easter services have no place in public schools”. The major argument in support of Easter services in schools is that it reflects the values of the community that the school serves. For those students studying religion, the Easter services provide a practical example of Christian religious rituals.

I will sit on the fence….

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2 Responses to Easter services in a secular school

  1. @SecularNZ says:

    Have you considered what information it would take to knock you off the fence, one way or another? Or is this about wanting to stay out it altogether?

    Questions you could ask yourself:
    Do I accept the argument that “it reflects the values of the community that the school serves”?
    Would ‘taking turns’ of religious services (eg Christian one year, Hindu the next etc) do a better job of giving practical examples to students of religion? Is that really the point of the exercise or just hand-waving after the fact?
    Would an opt-in system be superior?
    Would keeping school time focused on education better reflect the ‘values of the community’?

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