Logical Reasoning - Statement and Argument - Discussion

Each question given below consists of a statement, followed by three or four arguments numbered I, II, III and IV. You have to decide which of the arguments is/are 'strong' arguments) and which is/are 'weak' arguments) and accordingly choose your answer from the alternatives given below each question.

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Statement: Should religion be taught in our schools?

Arguments:

  1. No. Ours is a secular state.
  2. Yes. Teaching religion helps inculcate moral values among children.
  3. No. How can one dream of such a step when we want the young generation to fulfil its role in the 21st century.

[A]. All are strong
[B]. None is strong
[C]. Only I is strong
[D]. Only II is strong
[E]. Only I and III are strong

Answer: Option D

Explanation:

Ours is a secular state does not mean that religion and religious values should be eradicated. In fact, these inculcate moral values. So, argument I is vague while argument II is strong. Also, teaching religion can in no way hinder the student's capability to face the challenges of the 21st century.

Swarna said: (Jul 10, 2013)  
No this type of argument is really unacceptable. Teaching religions in school levels is not advisable. It is about one personal thoughts. Some may believe religion but some doesn't. So it is totally unfair to force religion in school. According to me only 1&3 holds strong.

Sampath said: (Aug 12, 2013)  
We should encourage this is type of questions because it may hurts one feeling or religion. So according to me 1&3 are strong.

Ila said: (Aug 3, 2014)  
Teaching religion is not acceptable. India is secular country which religion will you teach in school. Islam, hindu, or any other. Will it be acceptable to parents of the kids. NO.

Even if it hurts people's feeling but it's not correct for India.

Tiya Remee said: (Feb 19, 2016)  
This question is far too controversial for a logical reasoning test.

Srijit Bhattacharya said: (Aug 26, 2016)  
Does not matter we live in a secular state or not, teaching humanity and compassion for every living being on earth is our primary goal and that does not need to come under the banner of a religion.

Ash said: (Nov 18, 2016)  
School students can get moral lessons even without religious influences. We have a lot of short stories and moral stories which don't come under any religion and that should be the right method to teach students morality.

Shwetha said: (Dec 8, 2016)  
We often mistake religion for morality. Values, ideas and thinking are part of a culture. The state should not try to be the moral police and teaching morality in these skewed ways is problematic in its own ways.

Rahul Mazumder said: (May 6, 2018)  
If Religion has to be taught then all Religions need to be taught, which is not possible as conflicting views of different faiths shall confuse young minds. Given the current burning issue of "Religious Radicalisation", teaching various religion language at the same time is fraught with danger. Plus religious instruction at State-funded institutions is "Unconstitutional" as per Art. 28 of the Indian Constitution. Therefore, Option C should be the correct Option.

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