By Shayla Scallorn
Social Media Editor
Anyone with a fascination in almighty gods, epic heroes, and monstrous mythical creatures would be eager to hear of a class in mythology.
Mrs. Erica Main, a history teacher at Red Lion Area Senior High School, recently began polling her students to see how receptive they were to the idea of a mythology class at school. The results were more exciting than she anticipated.
“So far at least half of the class from each class have raised their hand that they would be interested in taking the course,” Main said. “It surprised me, I didn't realize how much interest there would actually be."
Mythology is a broad topic that covers Greek, Roman, and Norse religion and cultures. Generally this is connected to the stories of gods and goddesses such as Zeus, Athena, Poseidon, Jupiter, Odin and Thor. There is, however, much more than just the deities to learn about and discuss.
As of now this class is still just an idea and has not been officially approved, but Main has put a lot of thought into what the course curriculum would look like. She explains that the class would connect and compare the ideas and beliefs of these cultures as well as reference texts such as Beowulf and Hammurabi’s Code.
“We’d try to do things like presentations online and poster projects,” Main said. “My goal would be to have each person focus in on one god or goddess.”
There is still a lot more to do to make this class a reality, but it is well on its way with all the people who are already supporting it. Main has been collecting information in hopes to propose the class to administration.
A religions class in college is what really sparked Main’s interest and she is hoping to instill that same curiosity in her students. If offered, it very well might satisfy a hunger for those wishing to learn more about an ancient world shaped by legend and lore.
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