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Comment by Harold Shuckhart on December 8, 2009 at 6:36pm
As a writer for Examiner.com, I subscribe to a variety of email lists including news releases from Liberty Counsel, an off-shoot of Jerry Falwell's Liberty University. Recently, they put out a release about a elementary principal in Oregon who was not allowing an evergreen tree to be used as a seasonal decoration in her school. You can read the article from the Oregon newspaper here: I posted a comment in support of the principal on that site.

It was interesting that the newspaper was more concerned about the SALES of evergreens rather than any religious controversy.

When I started teaching in Minnesota in the 60s, we had trees, carolers, and the principal reading from Luke over the PA system before dismissing the students a couple of minutes early for "Christmas Vacation". Even then, I knew of Jewish students in the school of 2400, and I wondered how they felt. At the time, I did not have the courage to stand up for anyone, including myself, over the issue.

Times change. After several years of teaching, when we had a 'jock' from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes speak to the entire school and talking about how much Jesus helped him on the field, I and two Jewish teachers got up and walked out. Nothing was said about our abandoning our supervisory roles during the assembly.

When I moved to a new school district in 2000, the opening day of teacher's workshop featured a singing group from Russia. Many of their songs were religious in nature. I spoke to my new principal afterwards and told her I thought the songs were inappropriate considering that there may be many teachers who were not Christian. She agreed with me and told me that the Superintendent had instructed the planning group to 'be more careful' in the future.

Recently, when I was back at that school subbing, I was pleased to see posters announcing meetings for a 'gay/lesbian/straight/ alliance'. I am still waiting for the posters for the 'atheist/agnostic/skeptical club'.
Comment by animus on July 29, 2009 at 6:21pm
This site has been very helpful to me.
http://www.learner.org/resources/series49.html?pop=yes&pid=393#
It's a great resource for teachers, home-schooling or parents.
Comment by animus on July 29, 2009 at 6:14pm
Hello fellow teachers! As a person who home schools children. It has been fun, interesting and never dull. Just thought I'd jump in here a bit to help and learn new things. Smile, it will brighten a gloomy day!
Comment by Merelen on March 18, 2009 at 5:51pm
FSM help me, I've applied at a catholic school. *sigh* Odds are they won't hire me, but if they do I'll be here a lot asking for advice.
Comment by Wendy on March 6, 2009 at 9:39pm
Hi all. In the process now becoming certified as a 4-8 generalist teacher in Texas (AHHHHH!!!!) and very wary of how much religion is just "assumed" here.

Anyhoo, very religious background (any pk's in the house?) and now deep in the bible belt so I can talk the talk if necessary.

HI!
Comment by Richard Healy on February 23, 2009 at 4:30pm
JC got there before me. Common Era (CE) is a new and acceptable way of describing the past.

If you really want to mess with their heads / point out something Quite Interesting, There is always the change from the Julian to the Gregorian Calendars which occurred (at least in the UK September 1752, earlier in Europe.)

The now internationally accepted modern calendrical standard still being the Gregorian standard was being developed through the Vatican with assistance from one Nicolaus Copernicus to calculate the dates from stellar observations as early as 1514) so any time the precedes 1752, needs adjusting anyway, or is at best imprecise.

I imagine this would present a horrible problem for forming accurate timelines but it is, nevertheless quite interesting, and at least as interesting of the setting of the meridian line for international dates or working out longitude and latitude.
Comment by jc morrison on February 23, 2009 at 4:12pm
don't use 'BC' and 'AD'. instead, use 'BCE' Before Common Era, and 'CE', Common Era.
Comment by Marie on February 23, 2009 at 4:08pm
I have a teaching question. I teach math, but sometimes have to talk about timelines. How do I explain BC and AD without saying "Before Christ" and "Anno Domini" which means in the year of our Lord. I truly feel that this should be changed. Any advice?
Comment by Jas Brimstone on January 19, 2009 at 5:00pm
Not a teacher yet, but 2 semesters away from my degree and ability to teach high school theatre or art (IF I can get a job!).
Comment by Kevin on January 11, 2009 at 7:10am
I was a high school computer science teacher for a number of years and now teach students 16+ in further education. I teach at a small rural college, which caters to a very diverse range of students, from very diverse backgrounds. I strongly believe that the classroom should be a religion free zone, how can we expect our young people to develop critical thinking if we expose them to the dogmas of any mythos?
 

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