I come from a predominantly non-religious family, but decided I wanted to attend a private all-girls school for high school in eighth grade. I ended up attending a Catholic all-girls school about thirty minutes away. At the start, religion was the most difficult class for me--all of our essays had to begin with "as a Christian" even though some members of the class weren't Christian. When I began producing our school's weekly news segment, I was told that we had to focus on Pope Francis more. Currently, liturgical masses are required as part of the curriculumn, and not attending can lead to a detention.
It's been hard trying to adapt to this newfound environment. Ultimately, though, it was my choice and I've learned to understand religion not as a "selective group"--which is how I viewed it before high school, but as a way of understanding the world. Yet I do acknowledge that being forced to start essays with "as a Christian" for a grade, or even participating in certain religious activites that go against one's own beliefs, may not be the most considerate way(s) of respecting our religious divides.
How do you think (religious) minority students should act in this situation? What would be your advice to those who feel that ther own beliefs are not being understood?