Religion is a complex subject with many different perspectives and nuances. Using resources that explore these complexities in the classroom will help students develop critical thinking skills and prepare them for a diverse society, as well as making the topic more interesting to students.
In the context of social science, the term “religion” is used to describe a group of human activities centered on beliefs and practices regarding deities or spirits. It can also include activities relating to taboos, vows, and curses; as well as rituals, traditions, and values that are sacred or important to a group.
The study of Religion provides valuable insights into how people have connected with their beliefs and spirituality throughout history. It can also offer important lessons for understanding modern and current human behavior, as well as the importance of respecting different beliefs and viewpoints.
While some people may think that being religious can be a negative thing, research has shown that there are many positive benefits of religion. It can help you form strong social bonds, make healthier choices, improve your coping abilities, and much more.
The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) has long been a leader in advocating that all students should be exposed to the wide range of world religions, and how they play a vital role in our societies. The NCSS believes that studying Religion prepares students to engage in a democratic, multicultural society, and allows them to critically examine the values, attitudes, and beliefs that guide us all.