Before the readings:
I remember reading some Greek myths as a student and really enjoying them in class. I think it is acceptable to teach Myths in the classroom because both I and my students will know that they’re not real, so it’s okay to talk about them and explore their meanings. I think that as a teacher I should be allowed to teach my students about many different religions and myths without putting my own personal opinion behind them. Even when I was in a Catholic elementary school, I still had a religion class where I learned about the differences between many religions aside from Catholicism. Children should be given many options and the freedom to explore different religions and ways of life.
Post-readings, I my knowledge of myths has expanded even more and I’m able to realize that myths are deep, and hold a lot of symbolism. “Myths can encompass everything from a simple-minded, fictitious, even mendacious impression to an absolutely true and sacred account, the very reality of which far outweighs anything that ordinary everyday life can offer.” They take the reader to another world and allow the reader to dive and experience what is happening in the story. Also myths are important as stated earlier because they broaden a students knowledge of themselves and their culture. The fact that our educational system does not place a heavy emphasis on mythology and folktales does not address the reality that they nevertheless play a large part in our culture. By not allowing them to learn, we end up hindering them and their potential for expanding their knowledge. Knowledge of other people’s cultural bases increases both respect for others and an appreciation of our own place in the world.