An article was recently posted in the New York Times discussing the possibility for an all- atheist club to be created at a school in Florida. The article went on to talk about the relationship between the atheist students and the christian students and how the secluded group may cause a conflict. The underlining issue seems not to be whether the students will have a problem with it, but rather if the parents and other outside influences will have a problem with it. The article made a valid point bringing in the factor that the students, despite their different religious views, got along very well. What seems to happen when discussing religion in school, is the issue of control. Religion seems to bring a level of control into any situation, which many people do not particularly like. We are taught to feel how you want to feel, when you want to feel it. So, with religion in the school systems, you will not be able to do that.
In order for their to be unity in the education system, without crossing religious boundaries that will offend anyone’s particular religious views, secluding programs for religious groups is not needed. Instead creating groups that will incorporate all religions is what the school system needs to be implemented. When you send you children to school, you want them to grow and to be well rounded. What better way to do that than to place them in an environment, outside of their comfort zone, where they can learn and be DE-sensitized to ignorance.
Link to the New York Times Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/04/education/04winerip.html?_r=1&ref=education