One of the strongest beliefs which I cling to with regards to teaching is that, teaching never stops and a teacher must always possess the same eagerness as a student. Through several interactions with other teachers, I always strive for new ideas, techniques, teaching styles and strategies that I might add to my pedagogical knowledge. Furthermore, through personal reflection, feedback and evaluation... ... middle of paper ... ...ng than in the content of their conclusion. Following these simple guidelines and objectives, I am able to plan engaging and stimulating lessons that not only motivate the students but are also meaningful to their personal and academic development. Indeed, involving the students in the learning process can only enhance learning and self-development.
The question is, should that same school prayer be held in public school systems? In this case the problem arises when you have a classroom full of students of different religious faiths and you broadcast throughout the sc... ... middle of paper ... ...d and what should not. A line needs to be drawn between what is and is not acceptable; the only problem is where to place it. To many including myself, keeping religion out of the public eye is for the best, to keep peace and avoid future conflict caused by religious confrontations. Works Cited Hennessey, J.
The absence of religion in public schools seems to be fine with the public since many parents do not want their children to make religious choices that differ from their family tradition (Passe and Willox). Does this controversy makes it difficult for teachers to teach the required material in schools since religion can be involved in historic events? Proponents of bringing religion back into the public school curriculum state that religion is needed in order for students to understand the Social Studies curriculum and current world events. Religion played a major role in the Crusades, the formation of Pakistan and India, and the Israeli-Palestinian dispute just to name a few. One reason for why religion needs to be involved in the teaching of the Crusades is because it focused solely on religion.
Religion in Public Education Religion in school can be defined as the practice of any personal religious belief or act in a place of education. To say that religion is a big topic of interest to a lot of people in the United States today is a bit of an understatement. The debate over the separation of church and state has been going on without end for years. With many different perspectives on the matter and even more opinions on how it should be handled. Since the beginning many people have challenged the role that religion has played in education.
Very seldom have we seemed religious group at odds about what prayer to pray in school. Religion is so ingrained in America’s culture that it is print on America’s money, “In God We Trust.” No one has said they will not use the money because it has God on it; rather they try to get all of it they can. America has allowed a minority of the population to dictate to the majority of the population what is acceptable or not acceptable. Therefore the silent majority has allowed the vocal minority to speak for them. It is time for the majority of America to speak for themselves.
Although most public schools in the United States teach just on evolution, there is a plethora of students that want at least the option to have a creationism taught alongside of evolution. Creationism being taught in public schools has always been a very controversial topic. The only options for any “creation science” classes are in private schools. If we take a look back to when public schools were first created, the church and state have always been separate. There have been public schools that try to bring God back into schools, but the parents of many students have complained about “religion” being taught to the children.
I targeted for observations not only the teachers in my department but also those who were renowned for their expertise in assessment for learning. Below is a description of my observations, and my findings from them. One Yr 11 class in which I observed at the beginning of them starting a new topic; begun the lesson with discussions and small tasks. The teacher told me that this was how she begun all new topics, by using these tasks and discussions as assessments to ascertain the current state of the pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the topic. This was an excellent example of AFL in practice, it enabled the first lesson to be used as an information finding exercise to work out each learners starting point for that particular topic.
There are schools that are religious so children can get an education and do that while focusing on their faith too. The government has no way to see how these children are doing so they don’t know what they are being taught or how they are performing academically. A child needs to be in school learning with peers, being social, and learning the vital things they’ll need as adults.
There is not enough emphasis on the biblical roots of our country. Religious knowledge is also necessary to teach about democracy. Schools are already allowed to teach democracy, how can anyone expect students to see everyone’s opinions if they didn’t learn all about the other religions and sides a person can be coming from? Experts also say that for american government to be taught and fully understood, then students need to fully know that it’s roots were religion. While religion is a very sensitive topic, other subjects such as politics and government are too, and yet those subjects are still discussed and taught in schools without a problem.
As a result, their teaching does not fully reflect Biblical views of knowledge, persons, and values." (p. 67). I am currently teaching in a Christian school and see how my focus on getting my students ready for the Advanced Placement exams has become a priority that replaces Christ in the classroom. I also recognize that I operate under a traditionalist teaching framework that does not modify instruction to fit the unique God given character of each student. Van Brummelen (2009) reminded me that, "Traditionalists often fail to have students unfold and interpret knowledge in ways that reflect the diversity of the unique students in their classrooms."