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Questioning will take place a maximum on the edge

The ark of Noah according to the biblical book of Genesis the Patriarch Noah built floating box. Noah was chosen according to the biblical narrative of God and in front of a large flood warned. He was commissioned to build an ark to save himself and his family, as well as the land animals before the flood. As Wikipedia explains, in abbreviated form, the story of Noah's ark. This story is presumably dealt with in the subject "religions, cultures, and ethics" at the Zurich primary and secondary schools.

There is a lot speak very much in favour of children know, from what collection of stories, the story of Noah's ark originates, writes Andreas Kyriacou in the Editorial of the current issue of the free-thinking magazine. Kyriacou is the President of the Central Board of the Swiss freethinkers and critics of religious education. In his Editorial, he writes that the children of the ark encounter's Noah early in the Form of toys that later they learned "ark" as a metaphor for places that provide security. "Therefore, religious education is not reduced but the euphemistic Sunday school, he must also provide space to reflect on the content." The ark-the story lend itself well to images of God to replace. "You can be a vengeful God who wanted to almost obliterate all life, really a role model?", Kyriacou asks rhetorically. You look at a typical teaching materials, on the case quickly: "The presentation of facts appetizers prevails, the Question will take place a maximum on the edge."

"is one of viciousness to the Plan"

On request Andreas Kyriacou says that there is a degree of religion belong in the curriculum of the elementary school. "The Zurich-based expression is, unfortunately, pretty thoroughly a failure." Religions would be presented as a range, and it gives the impression that religious belong to the life of every individual. "The life worlds of children from religion far families. It is one-sided expected that non-religious children to learn something about the worldview of their classmates from religious families, they must be set apart never with the values and Beliefs of non-religious people", criticized the free-thinkers. The stigmatized and the non-religious, the eighth increase in the proportion of the population. What makes it in the eyes of Kyriacou worse: "atheism and agnosticism is explained on a single double page of the three books for the subject, and it is not about a connection to the era of the enlightenment, but to Communist States. This was not a gaffe, because it belonged to malignancy of the Plan."

principle of neutrality

This criticism contradicts Marion Völger. The head of the People's Supervisory school authority of the Canton of Zurich says that the teaching of "religions, cultures, and ethics" (STRENGTH) to go out in his didactic principles that people have different views and Beliefs, and the world have different interpretations. "Also, the "non-religion" in the sense of atheism or agnosticism is one of the legitimate interpretations of the world." The means of teaching "point of view 3" on the secondary I carry this fact into account, by returning to the relationship of Religion and science, or the Interaction of Faith and Knowledge. The lessons are build on the principle of "teaching about religion". "This principle of neutrality and objectivity, it is in the classroom to maintain at all times," stresses Völger.

education remains compulsory

For all the criticism: Andreas Kyriacou it is correct, that the times of the religious teaching have been overcome and that all children's basic knowledge of worldviews and ethics learn. "It is important, however, that the life-world of children from atheistic or simply the religion of educated families are also part of the content," he says. So or so: The RKE lessons in Zurich, remains mandatory. It is structured so that all pupils, regardless of their origin and religious affiliation to participate, says Marion Völger. "Religion and Faith are addressed, that children with and without a religious Background to learn to deal with them, without being recognised." In the Federal Constitution enshrined freedom of religion and conscience will be respected. "For this reason, the lessons in STRENGTH is mandatory. There is no opportunity to dispense the teaching."

source: Tages Anzeiger, a Supplement to EDUCATION

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Created: 09.05.2019, 09:47 PM

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