The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.
-Alexandra K. T.
This is absolutely my teaching and parenting philosophy. Of course there are exceptions. Some things have a clear right or wrong answer. For things that don’t, I give them the tools to draw their own conclusions. I try not to influence their opinions too much. My older children are 14, 12 and almost 10. They have been provided with a solid foundation of what’s right or wrong. Now they can decide the grey matter on their own. Obviously they are still young, and may still need guidance, but I honestly don’t want my children to be carbon copies of me (although sometimes it’s like looking in a mirror with my daughters). I want them to have their own minds and their own opinions.
I don’t usually discuss religion outside of my household. My views probably won’t mesh well with many other’s views. The problem with this is that, while I can accept everyone’s views and be perfectly fine with it, a lot of them won’t accept mine.
In my house, I teach religion. What religion? All of them.
Blasphemy. I know.
We do primarily focus on Christianity since it’s the one that I’m most familiar with, but I think I am doing my children a disservice by not allowing them to know about the other religions. Why do people choose to be Christian? Muslim? That’s something we might discuss.
We are currently reading Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church History. I love the stories in this book. Then we may go on to A Concise History of Buddhism. Is it wrong to study more than one religion? To know and understand where religion came from? To know the whys, whos, and whats? I don’t think so.
I also teach creation and evolution. The horror.
What do you think? Should children be presented with the whole story? Or should a parent only feed them what they want them to know?