The founding charge of BYU is to teach every subject with the Spirit. It is not intended “that all of the faculty should be categorically teaching religion constantly in their classes, but…that every…teacher in this institution would keep his subject matter bathed in the light and colour of the restored gospel.”
Brigham Young University raises some interesting questions about education. Should a school with the above charter be an accredited institution? How important is fact, reason, and truth in the pursuit of education?
Religion, outside the doors of a theology class, should have no place in an educational landscape. I remember going to a Catholic middle school and learning Math, Science, and how condoms are evil. The school’s responsibility (as they saw it) to teach us their doctrine on contraceptives took priority over the teaching of statistics that over 50% of teenagers are sexually active or that the number one killer in the world is a disease that can be avoided by simply using a condom.
Education is a fundamental institution of a society. We should not allow the pure pursuit of knowledge to be tainted by anything; we need to not be afraid to let reason guide our learning instead of the hand of god.
and again, thanks to http://www.onegoodmove.org for pointing out this article.