Broadening religious curricula will help
Rahim Kanani: How can the United States guarantee multi-religious understanding, pluralistic tolerance and strong social cohesion amongst its citizenry of different faiths for generations to come?
The answer is simple, radical, urgent and necessary: incorporate the teaching of world religions into the curricula of secondary and post-secondary educational institutions. Such instruction should be mandatory, alongside mathematics, science, English and the humanities. A so-called educated person in today’s society is uneducated if they do not have a basic grasp of, at minimum, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism. We must redefine what it means to be an educated person in the 21st century, and this redefinition begins in the classroom. Approximately 83 per cent of Americans identify themselves with a particular religion – 78 per cent identify as Christian, while the other 5 per cent include Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim and others.
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