Skip Nav
Food and Fun
28 Sweet Valentine's Day Treats For Kids — and Mama, Too!
Parenting
The Dirty Little Truth About Parenting That No One Wants to Tell You
Birth
The 20 Most Stunning Birth Photos You've Ever Seen

Should Teachers at Religious Schools Be of That Religion?

The International Academy, an Islamic school in Cincinnati, hired a Christian kindergarten teacher who had never met a Muslim person prior to her employment. Would you send your child to a religious school if his or her class was taught by someone of another faith?

Around The Web

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

Join The Conversation
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
I think it depends on what they're teaching. I mean really does religion factor into math a lot? I think knowledge and integrity are more important in teachers than faith. You don't only send kids to religious schools only to learn about faith, it's SCHOOL firstly.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
I was sent to Protestant/Christian schools from preschool to high school (I'm a Catholic, but it isn't THAT much different from Protestantism in my opinion) and all of the teachers had to have some Christian affiliation. The students didn't have to be Christians, in fact most of my school was Asian and a lot of the kids were raised as Buddhists, but the Christian schools offered a great education so their parents sent them there. I think it is important that the teachers are all Christians because it permeates into every class. For isntance, we always prayed at the end of each class and all of our studies had a Christian perspective. We DID learn about other religions and cultures, though, so its not as if I wasn't aware that there are people out there who don't believe what I believe.I just don't understand why a teacher would want to teach at a school that practices a different faith from their own. You certainly aren't getting paid more by teaching at a private school, and I would think I would feel a little disingenuous by encouraging a faith that isn't my own. I'm not saying you shouldn't associate with people of different religions, but I wouldn't think it was my place to teach them about the Koran if I am of a different faith.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
I was sent to Protestant/Christian schools from preschool to high school (I'm a Catholic, but it isn't THAT much different from Protestantism in my opinion) and all of the teachers had to have some Christian affiliation. The students didn't have to be Christians, in fact most of my school was Asian and a lot of the kids were raised as Buddhists, but the Christian schools offered a great education so their parents sent them there. I think it is important that the teachers are all Christians because it permeates into every class. For isntance, we always prayed at the end of each class and all of our studies had a Christian perspective. We DID learn about other religions and cultures, though, so its not as if I wasn't aware that there are people out there who don't believe what I believe. I just don't understand why a teacher would want to teach at a school that practices a different faith from their own. You certainly aren't getting paid more by teaching at a private school, and I would think I would feel a little disingenuous by encouraging a faith that isn't my own. I'm not saying you shouldn't associate with people of different religions, but I wouldn't think it was my place to teach them about the Koran if I am of a different faith.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
i don't know. religion comes up in just about every class, it's a way of life, "what would jesus do". my girls go to catholic school and all of the teachers are not only catholic, they all went to catholic school, most of them through college. i think it's probably best to learn from someone who has the same beliefs as those held by the institution.i don't get why would someone want to teach another religionthan their own to children. if you don't think what you are teaching to children is the real deal how could you do that?
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
i don't know. religion comes up in just about every class, it's a way of life, "what would jesus do". my girls go to catholic school and all of the teachers are not only catholic, they all went to catholic school, most of them through college. i think it's probably best to learn from someone who has the same beliefs as those held by the institution. i don't get why would someone want to teach another religion than their own to children. if you don't think what you are teaching to children is the real deal how could you do that?
facin8me facin8me 7 years
I agree with greggie and glowing moon- there should be the most qualified teachers for the subject. Religion doesn't have a lot to do with let's say, math or spelling. I went to a Catholic school for K-8 and all of the teachers were Catholic. I really wish this wasn't the case because as I moved on into high school, I didn't feel like I had been exposed to different types of people or religions (especially at the culturally diverse high school I attended).
facin8me facin8me 7 years
I agree with greggie and glowing moon- there should be the most qualified teachers for the subject. Religion doesn't have a lot to do with let's say, math or spelling. I went to a Catholic school for K-8 and all of the teachers were Catholic. I really wish this wasn't the case because as I moved on into high school, I didn't feel like I had been exposed to different types of people or religions (especially at the culturally diverse high school I attended).
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
It depends on the subject of the class. For instance, if it's a mathematics class, I want the teacher to be the most qualified math teacher available, his or her religion notwithstanding. The point of that class is to teach the principles of mathematics, not our religion. Similarly, if it's a religion (faith-based) class, then I want the teacher to be someone of our faith. Again, it really depends on the subject of the class.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
It depends on the subject of the class. For instance, if it's a mathematics class, I want the teacher to be the most qualified math teacher available, his or her religion notwithstanding. The point of that class is to teach the principles of mathematics, not our religion. Similarly, if it's a religion (faith-based) class, then I want the teacher to be someone of our faith. Again, it really depends on the subject of the class.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 7 years
A lot of teachers at my Catholic school aren't Catholic. I have had teachers who aren't Catholic teach me religion though. It doesn't matter because they are usually teaching from the book and if they can't answer certain questions they can asked to be switched to a different subject.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 7 years
I don't have a problem with this. My son attends catholic school and there are teachers who teach that are not of catholic faith. His school accepts catholic and non-catholic students in which only those registered as catholics attend religious classes and are prepared for the sacraments. Also, the non-catholic students pay a higher tuition.
Greggie Greggie 7 years
The point, at least in my experience, is not to have EVERY class taught from a Catholic perspective, merely to be a Catholic atmosphere. That is accomplished even if not all teachers are Catholic.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 7 years
heidi the school my daughter went to had the religious class in which they preach the catholic faith then they have mass where the priest preaches as well so they do get their religion but i don't want the teachers to preach religion that is not their job
HeidiMD HeidiMD 7 years
Personally, I wouldn't ever send my child to a religious school, but that's just me. However, isn't the point of sending your children to a faith-based school so that they can learn within that religion?
Greggie Greggie 7 years
Not for regular classes, no. I went to Catholic school and a good number of our teachers weren't Catholic. The ones who taught catechism were, and I firmly believe should be. But I don't see why the teacher of, say, social studies, should need to be that religion. I also wouldn't want them to learn every single subject with only a Catholic base, I don't think that's fair. Our private religious schools around here don't require you to be that faith in order to teach basic subjects, only to teach the class on that faith.
Greggie Greggie 7 years
Not for regular classes, no. I went to Catholic school and a good number of our teachers weren't Catholic. The ones who taught catechism were, and I firmly believe should be. But I don't see why the teacher of, say, social studies, should need to be that religion. I also wouldn't want them to learn every single subject with only a Catholic base, I don't think that's fair.Our private religious schools around here don't require you to be that faith in order to teach basic subjects, only to teach the class on that faith.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 7 years
my daughter was in catholic school there were teachers from different religions, the priest is the one that preached the catholic faith not the teachers, i wouldn't want my hard earned money going on a teacher to preach to my child about religion that is not their job
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 7 years
To me this is a very strange idea. I would want my child to be taught by people having life experience with the religion. I assume that someone with different beliefs would have a certain amount of cynicism about the religion as they were teaching it and that would translate to the children.
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 7 years
Well if it's an islamic school, it would appear that the parents want their children to learn about the islamic faith there. You could say that I would not want a chicken farmer to teach my child about art if I wrote a check for an artist to teach him, but with one's faith it is more important. A chicken farmer may well be a talented artist,but your faith comes through in all that you do, regardless of what it is. I like knowing that my children are being raised in the Christian faith by a Christian.
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 7 years
Well if it's an islamic school, it would appear that the parents want their children to learn about the islamic faith there. You could say that I would not want a chicken farmer to teach my child about art if I wrote a check for an artist to teach him, but with one's faith it is more important. A chicken farmer may well be a talented artist,but your faith comes through in all that you do, regardless of what it is. I like knowing that my children are being raised in the Christian faith by a Christian.
Latest Moms
X