Should public schools be permitted to assign students books, poems, and other works of literature that promote or disparage specific religions?
I said yes. I like when my kids come home and have an honest open discussion.
If it's in a literature course, and they look at it as a literary text, and not a science book.
Yes, it teaches students to be critical thinkers and if you are threatened by that, then maybe it's time to think a little...
Depends upon what you really mean. As long as the mentions are factual and within context then even if it is not particularly flattering it should be ok to go up for approval by the local school board.
Can we agree with educate? Cheers or boos for religion is a no-no in any public indoctrination centers.
If it fits in with the class, Yes
This goes on in every school (ie, evolution is proven fact and creation is fantasy)
Where I go AP Langue could be easily renamed AP Christianity
Well I don't think it's unreasonable to recognize the Christian symbolism present in a myriad of novels.
Yes. Reading works regarding religion that take a stance on it isn't the same as trying to indoctrinate students. Sometimes it's for style purposes, sometimes it's for historical reference.
Oh man that class goes way beyond that, yuck
No. Not at a public, government funded institution of indoctrination. Only the gov can be the god presented there.
This is more connected to your earlier question than some may think. Very few political satires lack any form of religious representation, whether it makes fun of it, or just stands for it.
No. There is way too many other works to choose from. It's just not necessary.