I've never been a big fan of how Religious Education programs are structured -- the programs seem to focus too heavily on cognitive knowledge (which isn't a bad thing) without considering who is being taught. I often feel that deep in the back of the the Director's mind he or she seems to be working on the faulty notion of "The kids might not understand it now, but they'll get it later."
My professor today posed this question to the class "Why does religious education fail?"
My initial reaction was that religious education fails because it is educational and often fails to form the entire person.
The Prof. gave a different answer that should make people rethink how they run the RCIA, confirmation, and youth group classes. He said, "The Reason Religious education fails is that we are giving people answers to questions they don't have."