Is Practicing Religion Easier When Attending an Online School?
Religion is important to many families. But when kids are in a brick-and-mortar school, it can be hard to practice as often as their family might like. K12 families have told us that one of the benefits of switching to online school is how they have the freedom to teach and practice their religion at home.
Some students even experienced bullying in their public school because of their religion, like Brittany. She says:
“I’m a huge Christian and I would show my love for Jesus everywhere I went, including school. When people starting noticing that, they started to bully me by calling me mean things and yelling “Jesus Freak” at me like I was some type of “non-human” or something.”
Blanca’s daughter was barraged by questions from her classmates about being a Jehovah’s Witness. Blanca says:
“My daughter was very upset with all these questions from her classmates. She did not know how to handle this situation so she preferred to stay in her room and cry about it and ask why did we have to be from this religion. She was getting very depressed as the days went by and her grades started dropping and always made excuses to not go to school.”
Now, her daughter is happy at K12—where she no longer faces questions about her religion and enjoys field trips with her peers.
Knaqeirah finds it easier to stay home because then she doesn’t have to worry about what other students think when she wears her Muslim garments.
She says that online school was a way for her to feel comfortable in her own skin.
Jania Otey, whose children we have been following this school year, decided to choose online school from the very beginning—knowing this would give her the opportunity to teach her children about Christianity. She works her religion into history, geography, and even spelling. She also is able to set aside time every day to have a devotional, and every week her children have Bible class.
Lisa was glad to have her children enrolled in online education so they were able to celebrate Jewish holidays—no questions asked.
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Lauren Martin is a Writer for Learning Liftoff. Previously, she has written for nonprofits as well as marketing agencies. She's covered environmental issues, women's rights, world poverty, and animal rights. With a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Ithaca College, Lauren enjoys interviewing families about their experiences with online education.