Presenting Atheism to Middle School Students

Earlier this month, a 7th-grade teacher emailed the Secular Alliance at Indiana University. She was doing a unit on world religions and she was hoping some of the students could present on atheism.

It’s good to be included in the mix — demographically speaking, anyway, non-theists rank near the top of “religion” lists. And the teacher couldn’t have picked a better group of people to talk to.

Jessika Griffin was one of the presenters and she shares her experience at the SAIU blog:

The “major leaders” section was a bit more tricky. In religion, not only is it clear who the leaders are, but those leaders have a very important and authoritative role in the lives of religious people. I presented on a Friday and knew that the students just had four days of presentations on religion, I wanted to be careful to make the distinction. If someone who is considered a leader in atheism makes a statement, not only will [everyone not] agree, there will be plenty if people outright challenging that statement or idea. This is quite different from a religious leader.

I love the section about the Q & A :) Especially the part about Reddit.

Oh! And we can’t forget this poster, made by a couple of the students:



About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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