We have recently received my six year old’s class schedule.
On Thursday afternoon, each week, there is a history of the bible course.
I am NOT OK with that. However, I am not sure how I feel about my daughter sitting in a room by herself while the other kids receive their weekly dose of brainwashing.
I strongly feel that religion has no place in schools. It is the responsibility of the parents and their church (if they decide to go) to educate their children how they see fit.
After saying that I will go ahead and stick my foot in my mouth by saying that if they were to teach all the main stream religions I would be OK with my daughter staying in the classroom during this course. The teacher told me that they do in fact teach all the mainstream religions. However, when I looked through the coursebook the other religions are mentioned (true) but not given equal time to Christianity (they are only mentioned).
I don’t know if we will end up letting her stay for the course or not.
Honestly, I am upset that I am even put in this position.
I have no idea why a modern and developed country like Switzerland would have a religious course in their schools. I do understand that it depends on the Canton and that the Jura is VERY Catholic. I don’t think that it matters that 50 percent of the Jura is Catholic as someone explained to me. The other 50 percent aren’t!
My daughter’s teacher that is teaching this course explained that it was too bad that my daughter would miss out on the lessons on courage and living together in harmony. My answer was that she will learn those things even if she doesn’t stay for this course. She doesn’t need to have a religious course to be courageous or understanding. That is just stupid.
Thankfully, the course isn’t an obligation. The problem is that it is on the report card as to whether or not she took it. I was told that only one child in thirty years of this teachers teaching career has not taken this course. Unbelievable!
I really just can’t believe only one other family stood against this ignorant course.
No matter what, it is discrimination to all that are not Christians and must send their children to school. Oh, I do want to clear up that this is a PUBLIC school and in no way private. Meaning that taxes that my husband (an aethist) pays and all the others who are not Catholic (remember 50 percent) are paying goes into (the course book and teachers time are not free) teaching this ridiculous course.
A course that is given until 6th grade!
I really love Swiss schools but really don’t get this.
When you move to the Canton of the Jura you are asked at the courthouse (where you must register) what religion you are. If you are Catholic 10 percent of your wages will be taken out of your paycheck before you even get it. This money goes to the Catholic church. I think that is messed up, too!
What is up with all this church monitoring in Switzerland? I thought Switzerland was one of the very few TRUE democracies on earth!
In a democracy all people are treated equally. Every single one of them.
If I were Catholic should I have to lie about it if I don’t want to give the church 10 percent of my wages? Like I said, that is just messed up.