Growing up in New Brunswick, I attended non-religious schools and never had to learn things like Catechism as they do in Catholic schools. And even though some teachers couldn’t help but offer their views in class, religious or otherwise, it was generally understood that there was a line between Sunday School and Monday to Friday school.
Here in Quebec, there is a new course to be taught for all grades called Ethics and Religious Culture. Its aim is to instruct children on the province’s Protestant and Catholic heritage, as well as the beliefs of Mulisms, Jews, Hindus, and First Nations, among, I assume, others.
This all seems perfectly reasonable to me. If you’re going to live in the world, it’s probably handy to have some idea of what the people around you believe. It’s not telling children one religion is better than another. Yet some parents are arguing for the right to pull their children from the mandatory class because the course conflicts with the moral and religious instruction they receive at home.
If the simple acknowledgement that other beliefs exist somehow conflicts with your values system, maybe it’s time to rethink that system.