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Mormonism teaching to KS1 - HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Primary' started by larnie, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. HELP, help, help!!!
    I have to teach Mormonism to KS1 (mixed Y1/2 class) this half term and really need some help with it as I know NOTHING about it! Has anyone ever taught it to this age group??
    Any help massively appreciated!!!!
    THanks :)
     
  2. Good God! Why?

    Well, Mormon men were allowed as many wives as they liked, all in one go, not serially like in our culture. They try to distance themselves from this now, but there are still hardcore Mormon communities where the practice continues...

    Joseph Smith, the 19th century founder, did a bit of a Moses act. He went up a mountain and God gave him (inpsired him to write?) the Book of Mormon. He was the one who said men could have as many wives as they like, simultaneously.The Book of Mormon also says lots of not very flattering things about the more mainstream religions, like Roman Catholicism.
    Mormons believe you can only get to heaven by being baptised a Mormon. They very kindly baptise dead people so that they can enter heaven instead of, presumably, hanging around outside. That is why they have such a huge database of names. They get whole parish registers transcribed and then mass baptize the lot. It's not a lovely service for family history buffs; that's just a spin off..
    There's lots more. Why don't you google it and then tell your HT that it isn't suitable stuff for children to be taught. If my child were to be taught about Mormonism I would take them straight out of the school and never take them back.
    In KS1, too. Jeeez...
     
  3. Oh, they don't believe in Evolution, either.
     
  4. In all my many years of teaching I have NEVER had to teach about Mormonism to any age group.
     
  5. funambule

    funambule New commenter

    Who says you have to? Totally misguided for KS1.
     
  6. Having fallen for it hook,line and sinker, I now think it's a wind up[​IMG]
     
  7. maizie. my husband is a mormon. Could l suggest that you research your subject before you pass opinions/"advice"
     
  8. I read the Book of Mormon many years ago, provided by a Mormon missionary, and I had Mormon neighbours, with whom I was well acquainted, for a number of years. I can also read.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mormonism
    Would you consider teaching the tenets of any other minor faith group to KS1?
     
  9. Darn. I was going to post the South Park take on Mormons but I'd better not seeing as there's a wife of one on.
     
  10. That seems a very specialised topic for Y1/2. Who says you have to teach it, OP?
     
  11. ShadowMan

    ShadowMan New commenter

    It's a great topic to teach to teenagers. I remember learning about the gullibility and infinite stupidity of the human mind when learning about Mormons at secondary school.
     
  12. greta444

    greta444 New commenter

    A very interesting 'religion' to be sure but for adults, not infants. What on earth will these little children get out of learning about Mormonism?
    I, too think this may be a wind up.
     
  13. A wind up???? No it isn't !!!!!! We have children at our school who are from a Mormon family and it is one of the Religions chosen by school to teach to reflect this. I, admittedly, have no knowledge at all about it and just wondered where to start and how to take it forward. Thought someone somewhere must have taught Mormonism to KS1 under the same circumstances as me. Is Mormonism a branch of Christianity or a religion in it's own right?

     
  14. ROSIEGIRL

    ROSIEGIRL Senior commenter

  15. Doitforfree

    Doitforfree Lead commenter

    We're Pastafarian but I bet you'd never get a school teaching THAT to KS1. Wouldn't it make more sense to cover older strands of Christianity first and then, by about age eleven, the children might have enough background knowledge to start learning about the less main stream and more modern spin offs? I know schools these days like to do a bit of this and that in no sensible order but surely you need some background before you can make sense of recent developments?
     
  16. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    Have you been asked to teach about mormonism or are you doing it off your own back because you have a mormon pupil?
     
  17. I think that you should leave the teaching about various religious sects (as opposed to the broad principles of a religion) to the children's parents and their church.
     
  18. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    Normally the school doesn't decide which religions they teach about it's decided by the SACRE you should check.
     
  19. SACRE?
     
  20. I wouldn't do it, end of.
    If the headteacher has asked you to do it - ask the headteacher to do it.
    BTW - the whole notion of teaching it simply because you have a family of that faith in your school, interesting idea, but we don't teach about every religion and ethnic group that graces our schools... Maybe the head wants them to feel like they fit in? I suspect this is likely to marginalise them more if taught incorrectly! Perhaps the way to do it - if you MUST - is to actually have pupils write questions that the Mormon children could answer as the experts...
    But I would be very, very wary that this (seemingly well-intentioned idea) could go badly wrong. Very tricky subject this one.
     

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