Blend religious teaching with education

The absence of religious teaching in Barbados’ education programme may be the reason for deviant behaviour among young people today, but educators must not appeal to such moral lessons only in times of trouble, says pastor and teacher Lennox Boyce.

Pastor and teacher Lennox Boyce addressing Coleridge and Parry Secondary School alumni last night.

In Boyce’s view, religious teaching carries a strong association with moral values and deserves being integrated with formal academic and vocational education to produce the type of citizen the Barbadian society desires.

“Education is not just a mental journey but also a moral one. Persons without moral education will be more likely to act selfishly, more likely to disregard the consequences of their actions on others and the general welfare of society, more likely to disregard the importance of teamwork, sympathy, empathy and respect for the welfare of others,” Boyce, a pastor at the Silver Sands Church of God, told fellow members of the Coleridge and Parry Secondary School alumni last night in the auditorium of that institution.

“It is also evident that a man who is educated in mind but not in morals may not be the most desirable employee. In a season where the average person will have a first degree or another equivalent qualification, more employers are requiring persons who are team players and who bring a sense of moral education and emotional maturity to the work environment,” he added.

Boyce, a teacher at Ellerslie Secondary School, spoke of Barbados being in an age of “girl fights” being prevalent on social media, growing disrespect for persons in authority, along with pornography and drug use infiltrating schools.

He suggested that “maybe we need a greater influence of the Church in education”.

The pastor noted that for many people, education and religion are seen as incompatible, and “there is an underlying notion inside liberal education circles that religious belief is backwards and contrary to enlightenment”.

“The challenge comes, however, when an epidemic like AIDS begins to wreak havoc on our labour force and the comments usually are that the Church is not doing enough; or when there is increased juvenile crime or youth suicide we hear that the Church needs to play a greater part,” he pointed out.

Boyce said that the Church should not be ridiculed for holding on to traditional values and only thought of as being useful and helpful in times of crisis or when it seems convenient.

The pastor asserted that while churches need to respond when a crisis arises, the Church should be allowed to “share values-based education with students by being involved, even if only at the level of consultancy, in the construction of syllabi that allow for moral education”.

“Not only should children know numbers and colours and have problem-solving skills, but they should also have conflict resolution skills and a moral base that allows them to work together and make decisions based on what is right and good,” he asserted.

Therefore, Boyce said, “partnerships are important in the education of the masses and I am of the opinion that both the Church and State have a pivotal role in ensuring that this happens”.

15 Responses to Blend religious teaching with education

  1. jrsmith February 15, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Give them copies of the which magazine , so educated that is……..

  2. hcalndre February 15, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Pastor/Teacher: Since you an advocate of religion being taught in schools, what are the teachings you will have in schools with pupils of different beliefs. Do you want to force your religion on the pupils?

  3. Kathy-Ann Garner
    Kathy-Ann Garner February 15, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Dr Elliot Doughlin is a boss at that. Sophia Payne, Annette Worrellcorbin BPharm, Omari Eastmond,

  4. Jennifer February 15, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    ALL Religion SHOULD BE TAKEN from schools all together. It bears no significance to my people and only serves to make them even more placid slaves. Religion is false as the church is in a darkened state without any light and does nothing that is even written in the scriptures. As for the other religions the parents can teach their children at home. You all have EDICATED THE MASSES for too long with your lies and false doctrines, while the enemy continues to keep a vice grip around their throats. We need a spiritual revolution and a revolution.

  5. Ras Small
    Ras Small February 15, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Bad move!
    Will only serve to further CONfuse de young/masses and shroud dey already distorted identities.

  6. allison archer February 15, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    God’s word need to be taught to the masses and government must be obligated to educate the little ones for the teaching is rarely found in the home
    our fore parents came along with the fear of God written in their hearts passing this inheritance to their charges but little by little diversity came in with each one going their own way while turning their backs to their Creator
    we proclaim that the LORD has been our guide for all these years, how HE has establish us but now in His goodness we want to continue to exclude Him from our knowledge entirely because we love the darkness God forbid
    He is the only One who can bring mankind back to any worthy substance, the great America acknowledge their folly therefore there are in the process of restoring prayer in schools how much more so little Bim
    hosea 4:6 states My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children

    I say reinstate Religious Education in all schools

    • hcalndre February 16, 2017 at 2:42 am

      @ allison archer, who did our fore parents taught to fear, God or Massa?

      • allison archer February 16, 2017 at 9:31 pm

        hcalndre most of our fore parents did had a fear of massa but I am not speaking of that demonic fear where you are scared of man, of death, I am speaking of the reverential fear of God where you see is awesomeness, splendor and glory, how a person could create all these different species of birds and animals, fish, creating an insect one can view only on a magnifying glass while creating such huge mammals, how the earth rotates around the sun and man is not aware of the motion because of how God built our inner ear, forming these billions and billions of people throughout history and each one have their own unique tooth marks and fingerprints just plain amazing
        knowing life is just a mere breath and can be given or taken in an instant without reservations
        all is not counterfeit, seek for the fear of the Living God

  7. Jennifer February 15, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    The HOLIDAYS NOT HOLYDAYS of your slave masters, via brain washing.

  8. Jennifer February 15, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    We need to be HONEST AND REAL.
    REligion is NOT showing Our children their identity and it has NOTHING to do with IDENTITY OR THE BIBLE. Its all false, LOOK IT UP.

    “seeing thou hast forgotten the LAW of thy God, I will also forget thy children”
    What is the LAW – The CHURCH SAY THE LAW IS DONE AWAY WITH. We NOW UNDER GRACE. But Matt 5:17 THINK NOT that i have come to destroy the law or the profits, but I have come to fulfill (sacrificial Law). NONE of my people do the laws, statutes or commandments of THEIR GOD. What they do is the laws of European holidays. Go research.
    RELIGION is the key reason why our children are LOST and DISOBEDIENT. Women dressing slack and men looking effeminate with pants sagging. The bible on the other hand is different, it is a true book and yearly best seller, which is a HISTORY BOOK ABOUT ONE peculiar people. Gods word is sadly not being taught. TIME is running OUT.

  9. Jennifer February 15, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Ye worship Ye know what ??????

  10. Philip Clement
    Philip Clement February 15, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    No… Religion should be a matter of choice.

  11. Jennifer February 15, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    @Alison Archer – That is the problem Religion has nothing to do with the bible. You quote Hosea 4:6 but what knowledge is the book talking about????? What law??? which people?????

    • allison archer February 16, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      The bible has a proven track record in detailing prophecies, life and death, wisdom and guidance in every aspect of life, it is to be handled cautiously for there is a promise at the end of Revelation for those who remove or add to this book.

      You have many questions and I will answer them all scripturally, not my opinion but what God have to say on the subject
      All Lord Jesus have done has been subtlety counterfeited and perverted by satan so it is difficult for one to separate the darkness from the light, many call themselves Christians but because of their carnality continue to distort Christ’s image impeding relationship with Him becoming more problematic
      You said religion has nothing to do with the bible but that statement is incorrect for James 1:27 describes what is pure and undefiled religion before God, you see Jennifer it is not about what we do so much but why we do it, did we think, speak or act to glorify Him or did we do it to get praises for man, motive is very crucial when doing the works of God

      The knowledge the bible is speaking about is knowing the whole counsel of God, obedience to His commands John 14:21, practicing what pleases and honors Him read the life of Cornelius in Acts 10, believing John 6:29, having faith Hebrews 11:6, living holy and sanctified lives Hebrews 12:14 and most importantly receiving His Holy Spirit
      What law you asked = His law is summarized in the 10 commandments in Exodus 20 along with Mark 12:29-31
      Which people you ask= God established the Abrahamic covenant (Genesis 17) calling Israel for Himself to showcased to the world that there is the Almighty God proving through them the Sovereign, Holy One reigns and through Israel this covenant has been extended to us Gentiles, Paul articulated it very biblically in Romans 11
      I did not want to be so winding but the bible always speaks for itself and it is up to us to search out the truth, hoping this brings a deeper understanding to you of the Scriptures

  12. Jennifer February 15, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    @Ras small – I will show you one of my points. A BEARD is a sign of MANLY DIGNITY. A man with a beard is like a male lion showing authority. One of the school rules is that boys MUST shave their beards when they start to grow. What is that doing to his masculine spirit. HE is the head of the woman and home, hence a lion without a mane will be seen as what???? Now god says a man should NOT REMOVE his beard LEV 19:27. We are truly LACKING KNOWLEGE (of self).


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