Religious education is one of the most neglected areas of education in the United States, according to a new study by The Next World and The Humanist Society.
A new survey of more than 1,000 American adults by The Future of Faith survey found that atheists and agnostics have significantly higher levels of faith than other religious groups, but only in a very small percentage of religious education courses.
The findings highlight the challenges for educators and policymakers alike in making good use of secular education.
While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to how to teach about religion in the classroom, the survey found there is a significant overlap between religious and nonreligious students in religious education, with students of all faiths teaching at similar levels.
The survey, conducted by the Humanist Association, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, found that the most common topics in religious instruction in public and private schools were creationism, evolution, and humanism.
Atheists and agns, however, were far more likely to be asked about the existence of God.
The next level of secularization in American public education is in science education.
The survey found a high rate of religious students in science instruction.
While atheism was the most popular religious topic, it was a far cry from where it stood in religious history class.
When asked about how science was being taught in public schools, nearly half of the surveyed students said they believed the Earth was 6,000 years old, according the survey.
The same percentage of students said the Earth is about 11,000 to 14,000 yrs old.
While these numbers are small, they represent a significant shift from a few decades ago, when science and religion were closely intertwined.
A similar pattern can be seen in the teaching of creationism and evolution in public school science classrooms.
While the survey indicates a shift in teaching of the two religions in science classrooms, the gaps in knowledge about the universe remain.
According to the survey, about 70% of students who were taught about the creation of the Earth were taught the same creationist, creationist-evolution-humanist explanation.
That’s down from 90% when the survey was last conducted in 2010.
While science is one area where there is considerable overlap between students of different religious backgrounds, the majority of students were still taught creationism.
While some of the students were taught creationist or evolutionist explanations of the universe, there were also students who weren’t taught any of the three theories, such as evolution and anthropogenic global warming.
In addition, only about 10% of the science teachers in the survey were religiously affiliated, while 40% of religious teachers were.
These gaps in understanding of science are reflected in the data on the percentage of teachers who were atheists or agnostics, as well as the percentage who were religiously unaffiliated.
The future of faith is not all sunshine and rainbows.
The majority of the survey respondents said that the future of religion in education will involve more focus on science and more of an emphasis on evolution.
This is in contrast to other areas of secular instruction, such the use of social studies, humanities, and social studies.
In the past, the focus on education focused on the teaching and learning of social justice, as opposed to the teaching about humanism, atheism, and other faith-based topics.
Agnostic and atheist students were also asked about their belief in the supernatural.
Although atheists have historically been more prevalent than other groups in public education, a recent survey found the number of atheists and other nonreligious people in the U.S. has grown steadily over the past three decades.
In 2014, an estimated 8.7% of Americans identified themselves as “atheist, agnostic, or other.”
The figure is still slightly lower than the overall U.K. number of 9.6%.
The Future of Religion survey is the first comprehensive examination of the attitudes and beliefs of American students in the future.
A total of 1,049 students were interviewed, and most of the questions were conducted in English.
The questions were taken in January 2016.
The results are based on a sample of 1:1 interviews with students across the U to 2018.
The research was conducted by The Humanists Society and The Next West and The Future Of Faith, which received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.