I'm planning to be a teacher in the future and I'm curious how much I will be forced to hide my atheism. Has anyone experienced a negative result from being open about their position on religion? Positive stories are welcome as well.
Don, I'm lucky that I work in a pretty mainstream school, at least where religion is concerned. "Mainstream" meaning there's a good mix of faiths - I even had a student this year (5th grader) who claimed (very bravely, I might add) that he didn't believe in god. I hated that I couldn't tell him I agreed with him, because I didn't want the other kids questioning my beliefs or their parents', or running to their parents to tell them I was "godless" or whatever. I gave him the same speech that I gave my preacher's son student - that your faith is important to you and you need to decide what to believe on your own.