Last week Glen Beck’s online news network ran a story about me and my religion class. The story generated over a hundred and eighty responses in the first two days. One comment stated that a separate religion class was not needed at the high school level because other social studies classes cover religion (this argument is often used by my critics).
Last Friday in my religion class, I shared this comment with my students (most of them are seniors). They all started laughing. I’m serious – every student laughed! I then asked them to write a short essay about the topic. They unanimously agreed that they learned almost nothing about religion in other social studies classes, and some were quick to point out that their teachers often avoided the topic. Here are a few excerpts.