Essay on Teaching Religion And Teaching About Religion

1488 Words Nov 3rd, 2016 6 Pages
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” This is the first amendment to the United States Constitution. However, unless you have a law degree, it might be difficult to figure out where this begins and where it ends. It can become even more confusing when attempting to figure out how it is applied in the educational system. It becomes a muddled mess when you step over the Mason-Dixon line into the Bible Belt and attempt to teach students of diverse backgrounds and religious preferences. As a future English educator, it is overwhelmingly important to define the distinction between teaching religion and teaching about religion. Throughout my secondary educational career there has never been a decisive answer from any of my professors on how I should handle situations when religion and the educational experience coincide. This is intimidating due to the fact that I was raised in a Southern Baptist environment in which it was normal for my teachers to speak of religion. I know in the day and age that we live in, this will not be the case in my future classrooms. Just as we prepare ourselves and our classes for inclement weather and intrusion situations, there should also be protocol for situations that could lead to the infringement of our…

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