Why Students from Non Religious Schools Should Do Better Than Those from Religious Schools
Here I will give arguments supporting the claim that 'Students from Non Religious Schools Should Do Better than Those from Religious Schools.' I am strongly against the indoctrination of children through religion and think it is a bad idea to have religion based schools altogether.
One thing that I find that stand out the most is that the teachers in these schools seem to use religious morals to create a strict and uncomfortable environment for the students. Some students may like this and that is fine, we are all entitled to our own opinions. However, most students are forced by their parents to go to these schools, giving them no chance to have opinions or beliefs of their own. It is well known to many atheists; agnostics or even theists that, you do not need to be religious to have morals and that non religious people can be a lot more moral than those with religion. I find the use of religion on children wrong and that it does not help them later on in life.
Here is the argument that may strike you the most if you have not realised it yet. Here we have, religion based schools, nun schools, catholic schools etc, but what do performing religious practices have to do with education? Aren't they two separate things? Surely whether a student attends these masses with their class mates wouldn't affect their education at all right? Wrong, but not in a way you may think.
Remember, I am against the use of religion based schools to educate children therefore I have seen an important problem with these schools and how they use their education time. The day I am writing this; 23/02/2012, is the day after Ash Wednesday. I am an A-Level student attending a non Religious school, it's neutral in all of it views as far as I see. So, how did I spend my day? I had the morning off for study leave in which I did three solid hours of revision. The afternoon was spent in class, learning, and my lunchtime and free lessons revising also!
However, Religious schools that have a reputation for somehow having successful students, spent their Ash Wednesday doing what? They were attending church, Mass, performing religious practices that all have absolutely nothing to do with that triple Science or English etc. lessons those students could have been having. And here it is that you may come to see my point. When these schools sweep these students off away from their valuable lesson time to go to church and sit in halls and sing and listen to a preacher talk about a God that may not exist and how to have morals that you can have without religion is amiss.
Let's put it this way, some of these schools may have a Mass or the equivalent of one depending on religion, every week. Therefore roughly two to three hours every week are taken out of education to worship. How it this good for the students? They should be learning, not worshiping, it is school time which the government asks to be used for education purposes and here they are abusing it to indoctrinate children, take away their freedom of choice and their chances to revise and learn!
The reason these schools claim to get good results is that they are overly strict and do not accept failure, what about the less able children who get those Es and Fs for GCSE? Are they looked down upon, discriminated against? They should be applauded for working to the best of their ability. Also, we don't need religion to have disciplined students. We can create school policies that make keep students in line with the rules without religion.
In conclusion, religious practice that is performed during school hours takes away many students' opportunities to do much more useful things such as homework and extra revision. Religion is not needed to have morals and discipline in schools and is therefore completely unneeded. Religion should be separated from education altogether, perhaps then education of these students can improve.