I do agree that the human rights act is not a scripture as it is subject to modification; so we can always assure the development of human beings. That is why in this post I would like to point some controversial points regarding the relation between schools and religious or philosophical convictions.
From my point of view, forcing a child to memorize scriptures or force an ideology on him/her such as religious or political views should be considered as a crime as it is in fact nothing but a brainwashing procedure for a infant. Let us go through the coming 2 scenarios and see the difference.
Scenario 1: A child who learned about all religions, all political streams in school and when he/she turned 18 chose which religion or faith to embrace and which political agenda to support.
Scenario 2: Those videos would explain it better than writing about it!!
There is another video Here with subtitles so you can get the point clearer
How come we force a kid who is 2 years old to memorize things he/she doesn’t even understand? What is even more shocking is how their parents and other people are proud of them!! Is that better than teaching them logical thinking, science, mathematics etc….?
We reached a point in Egypt –which is considered as moderate nation– where many Muslims still believe that Christians worship 3 Gods while many Christians believe that it is not a sin for a Muslim if he killed or raped a Christian!! We did reach this point because of the lack of education and the stupid separated religion classes in addition to the wrong way of bringing up children at home. One of a sudden BAM you’ve got yourself a handful of sectarian clashes which we’ve never heard of in Egypt!
According to Part II, Article 2 of the human rights act no person shall be denied the right to education. In the exercise of any functions which it assumes in relation to education and to teaching, the State shall respect the right of parents to ensure such education and teaching in conformity with their own religious and philosophical convictions.
So basically parents have the right to prohibit their children from attending classes that may be against their religious or philosophical convictions. So creationists would prohibit their children from knowing anything about evolution and atheists would prohibit their children from knowing about religions etc… and by the end of the day we face the same problem again which is brainwashed youth knowing nothing about the world except that they are right and every opposing idea is wrong.
In my point of view, the State should ensure the proper education and awareness to its citizens by teaching science and religions to all the students as all children are equal in their right to knowing everything. In conclusion I think inheriting religious and political views from parents shouldn’t be decided by the parents but by the child himself when he turns 16 or 18.
The question remains here, are you with or against giving the parents the right to force their children to memorize religious verses in addition to prohibiting their children from knowing what is different than their believes?.