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  •  I grew up attending religious schools. (1+ / 0-)
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    Specifically Orthodox Jewish schools.  Some were more lenient than others with regard to their students' religious observance; the grade school I attended had many students who didn't keep a kosher home, while one of the high schools I attended could suspend or expel students for not dressing according to the school's standards over weekends and vacations.

    I have some understanding for a private religious school that wants to keep its students in line with religious strictures, but if you decide policy for a school of that kind, at a certain point you have to decide which is more important to you: education or indoctrination.  Strict enforcement of religious law might seem like it gets you better results with indoctrination -- but you're going to lose kids that way, and those kids are going to lose their chance at the education you offer.  Let those kids stay in the school and let them learn things, and when they reach an age of choosing for themselves how they're going to live, at least there's a chance that they'll choose what you've taught them.  Kick them out now, and that isn't going to happen.

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