At Rational Moms, mother Aerin explains why she and her husband sent their twins to a religious preschool despite neither parent being actively religious:
Because the program was associated to a church, it was significantly less expensive than other programs. It was also NAEYC accredited (National Association for the Education of Young Children). The teachers were experienced and had years of teaching pre-school either at the school or at other locations. Some teachers/staff were religious, but some of them attended other churches than the one associated with the pre-school (i.e., Roman Catholic). No one seemed to care which church anyone else was affiliated with. We were invited as a family to attend church at the church, but our kids didn’t seem to be disadvantaged in any way because we weren’t members. In fact, most of the students at the pre-school were not members of that congregation.
Time will tell how wise this decision was. For us, it was the right decision for our family. I respect that people disagree and have made other choices for themselves or their own families. It would have been nice to have a pre-school that reflected the beliefs that I have, and have all the other stuff too. It would have been nice to find a reputable inexpensive program that wasn’t religious. But as it was, I don’t regret our decision at all.
For those of you atheist parents with children, would you ever consider sending your kids to a religious school?
If the answer is yes, how would you deal with the discrepancy between what is taught in school and your own beliefs?
(Thanks to Julie for the link!)