Taken from my Facebook newsfeed……
Ok, so, it has taken 12 years before i have had to deal with this subject in the school system. My children go to a public school. My 12 yr old 7th grader is taking an Eastern Global class, and currently their unit is on paleolithic and neolithic time period, with evolution of man. That being said, my son came home from school with some pretty serious questions, ones that i am not sure how to answer. In this family we are firm believers in God, and His creation of man. His questions:
Do I have to sit through this unit in class?
What If i do not believe what they are teaching?
Am i allowed to tell the teacher he is wrong?
Am i allowed to debate his teaching? (PS…anyone who knows my son, knows that debate is his FAVORITE thing to do)
Seeking out responses from parents who have gone through this, as well as friends who are teachers who have been placed in this same situation.
Thank you in advance.
My first reaction was to wonder at what point did your religion give you a right to randomly sit out of any class you disagree with? This is a public school, after all. If you are so hell bent on preserving your faith based beliefs at the cost of sheltering your children from any alternate ideas, you (1) are doing them a disservice (2) are obviously not so very comfortable that they will not change their opinion based on new information (3) very clearly need to send them to a private school to continue sheltering them in the bubble you store them in when they are away from your side.
Out of 26 responses so far, every single one actually agrees with the poster that the school MUST make an accomodation for religious beliefs. Sorry, disagree. If your religion demands that you plunge your head into the sand (along with your children) and ignore, deny, and avoid all exposure to science based disciplines, it is your right to follow said religion. I do not think that should give you the right to demand special treatment from a public school though. Keep your kids home and teach them whatever you want. Send them to a private school whose curriculum you agree with.
Personally, I tend to think that things like this are far more important and far more worth making a stand about. Our children are our future. They need, and deserve, access to all the wealth of knowledge we can give them. To hamper their education because it doesn’t agree with what they are taught in Sunday school simply puts a burden on the rest of society. When they reach maturity, they will be at a disadvantage because of the gaps in their learning history. They will be at best, a generation of sheep, easy prey to whatever political party panders to their uninformed or slanted beliefs. At worst, they will be carried by that part of society who were able to realize their full potential.
That doesn’t seem much of a gift to your children, and I don’t find that to be super parenting, either.