Kapanalig Sa Wala - Literally, one who also have faith in nothing, is a play on words and wasn't really intended to mean something. It was made in jest to call the atheist camp when I was still actively debating god in one of the demised public forums out there. I think walang pananalig (faithless) would have proven to be more precise but I think the intended humor will be lost.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Catholic Education: Good or Evil?

My 3 1/2 year old daughter is attending a Catholic-run yochien since they came back last week. This morning, they had an activity for the Marian Festival. They had to bring flowers and offer them to, I presume to be, a graven image of Mary. My wife told me my daughter was asking her WHY do they have to offer flower to it. I couldn't remember if she told me what answer she gave her. I was alarmed because my daughter is just 3 1/2 years old. Even the coloring materials are pictures of Mary! My wife is Catholic. Because the yochien is near our place it is very convenient for us but I feel uncomfortable about the quick turn of events. My wife thinks it's okay because my daughter can always change her mind later just as *I* changed my mind on the matter. I am not worried about that. What I am worried and against is that why do they have to put the kids at such tender age to such activities centering to what I think is a LIE. I am afraid it's gonna make an impression on her and may confuse her later on. I plan to convince my wife to transfer our daughter to another non-religious yochien next year. It's gonna be a long argument about something that I had been avoiding for the longest time. I had given her many reasons why those activities are bad but since she is herself Catholic and a believer, she is quite irritated by my arguments and wont entertain anymore of it so I usually stop before if I see signs of breaking point. I will continue next opportunity to again argue my case but I would like to ask others who have been in the same situation before what have they done, by experience, given a similar situation and what have been the results.

I have many friends who are of different beliefs but at the same time were also Catholic-school educated since, they say, in their place the Catholic-run schools are simply the best in their country. This is of course debatable given that being religion-run, the world-view and frame of reference itself may exclude the teaching of more "radical" theories because the education policies are being decided by religious orders who have something to protect. This is exactly like in the high school I attended where sciences were deplorable. For example, biology should teach evolution as a science devoid of any references to religion but all I could remember being taught were taxonomy, cells, basic anatomy.

5 comments:

Euri said...

musta?

tony.basa said...

buti. heto, awa ng wala.

musta rin? :D

lito said...

you're going to the same dilemma where I've been 2 years ago, dito sa Pinas wala talagang matinong school halos lahat may religion. I xferred my kids sa isang "non sectarian" school, and yet there is still religion sa GMRC textbook. My goodness!

magnamus said...

Do you believe in Heaven? Judgement Day?
How about Hell?

How about the Devil? Well if you don't, he believes in you.

Why are you on this planet, on this life, when every man will experience Death, sometimes unexpected?

I'm not here to scare you, just to give you reality. Do you know that an Omnipotent Being can give you something very very difficult, something painful, a big cross, a big burden, that you never get out of it, no matter what you do? It can happen soon...

If you doubt about God, then, what's your purpose here in life? To be immortal? To find happiness in this dying world?

About your question on the Blessed Virgin Mary, Do you know that Our Lady appeared in Zeitoun, Egypt in 1968 to 1971, in her majestic splendour, walking on top of a Coptic Church, and MILLIONS SAW HER? Non-Catholics, Protestants, Moslems, even Pagans pray to her??

www.zeitun-eg.org

Go check it out yourself. It's the greatest Marian apparition ever!

rmacapobre said...

How about the Devil? Well if you don't, he believes in you.

er .. this is from a movie ..