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Should Teachers Be Allowed To Wear Religious Symbols At School?
Traditionally children have little or no choice of their religion.
The pressure to conform with a certain faith, that might exist at home, might be supported by a teacher who also demonstrates belonging to this faith.
Teachers wearing symbols of their religious adherence, where it is the majority religion (and held by most students) would be off-putting to students who identify with minority religions or no religion, and would make those children uncomfortable.
Children have really no choice on anything until they can reason for themselves, that's what education is all about. They can still change their religion or lack thereof when they have enough knowledge to do so.
This is not necessarily a good thing.
Peer pressure is usually from
. Teacher pressure only comes into play when a
promoting a religion, not from wardrobe choices.
Teachers wearing religious symbols would not negatively impact students' free choice. In fact, students' freedom of religious choice may be enhanced by awareness of people in their community who follow different faiths other than that of their parents.