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  •  in my town (9+ / 0-)

    which is a purple city, one third of kids go to a religious school for all levels of education. that is 60% of it right there. a lot of us went to public schools and assume others got a similar education, but a really large number didn't.

    when I went to a public college in my state and took a class on the reformation, I assumed it would be a bunch of protestants and non-religious people. It was a bunch of Catholics. Who were not aware of the existence of the reformation. And were shocked to learn they were the bad guys when they read Luther.

    the religious schools don't teach anything about the conflicts of the early church in rome or the schisms of the church in the middle ages or the crusades or anything like that. the science education gets the press, but the history education was really eye opening to me.

    the other part of it is apathy. there was a recent poll that had 50% of conservatives say they didn't know who bush was. people really, really don't care about politics or history. and you gotta keep in mind there are a ton of immigrants and stuff who can barely speak English, etc.

    •  I learned that... (10+ / 0-)

      ... when I was visiting my brother-in-law's family some years back.  The younger two (from his second marriage) go to a private "Christian" school.  They don't understand either science or history and seemed mystified by their older brother's homework (which I was helping him with).  

      Back in college there was a bible study on my floor; I was invited (yes, they knew I was Jewish) to tell them a bit about the 30-years-war since my German Lit class had just finished Mutter Courage.  It totally floored both the fundies and the Catholics that there had been a shooting war that lasted more than a generation between "their" religions.

    •  I've got to disagree. I went to Catholic school (3+ / 0-)

      through 12th grade and the reformation and the schisms were not glossed over. In fact, Luther wasn't even depicted as the bad guy -- the attitude of most of the priests who taught my theology courses was that he had valid disputes with the church at the time. And the issues sometimes created lively debates. Maybe there are some religious schools that refuse to teach facts, but not all. I learned evolution and birth control in my biology class as well. (I think we had to get parental consent for the birth control stuff, but it was taught). Of course, my high school was private vs. a diocesan school so maybe that made a difference.

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