Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? In twenty years there will be fewer cars in use than there are today. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

Nowadays, globalization has made the society so diverse that even in one school, there are students that come from all different backgrounds. While some say that religion should not be taught in public schools, I take a different approach for two reasons. One; because teaching and forcing are two different things. Two; because it would make it easier for those who came from different religions to adapt to the environment. First, those who oppose religious education may be perceiving the word "teaching" and "forcing" synonymously. However, they are completely different things. "Forcing" is when children are given no choice but to worship that religion. One example of forcing children religion in school would be not allowing them to eat pork or beef regardless of their religion.However, "teaching" children about religion is about providing them an opportunity to get to know a certain religion to make their own religious decisions. Contrary to the example given above, teaching them in school about religion would be; instead of not allowing them to eat beef and pork, you teach them the reason why some religion don't eat those meat, and if they prefer to go on and eat those meat, you respect the children's decision of doing so. Educating children on religion is an important part of protecting their freedom of religious choice. Second, because of rapid globalization, there are many immigrant children who go to school of a completely different culture. Adapting into a different culture is very challenging and sometimes children feel inevitably isolated from the other students. Though, by teaching them the basic doctrines and beliefs that underlie the environment that they are adjusting in, it will make it much easier for them to assimilate if they prefer to do so. In short, educating children on religion is very important especially because it helps them understand better about the religion before making their own religious choice. Additionally, if they are in an environment of a different culture, it helps them to adapt into the environment that they're put under.
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