Does religious education have a place in American schools?
That’s something that writer Julie Szego asked recently in her piece for The Age. Szego noted that religion — specifically learning about religion, rather than actually practicing faith — is quite vital for understanding the world’s history and fully grasping multiple cultures.
There are many benefits to learning about religion. And schools in the United States — which have been mediocre in recent years, a 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment study found — may also reap rewards for instructing about faith.