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May 20, 2007

Churches and education

I was recently substitute-teaching for a middle-school health class of boys and girls. AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases were the topics. The students began to discuss every kind of issue and question you could possibly imagine while laughing.

I looked at the paraprofessional who was in the class and said, “Did you notice that there are churches and parishes on the major street corners around this school and yet you can see they are having a minimal impact?” She agreed with me wholeheartedly.

In my opinion, issues surrounding the public schools — including the possibility of going to vouchers — are among the most pressing and important facing our nation.

I respect the fact that clergy are busy people tending to the concerns of people in their communities. However, I would like to challenge them.

Please take time from your busy schedules and substitute-teach in the public middle schools and high schools in your community. Or consider exploring vouchers for school choice.

I believe the result of this would be a renewed emphasis on the need to continue to address the moral issues and character training related to our youth.

Deborah Solomon
Independence

Comments

Just_some_guy

Years ago and still today parents ranted "Why aren't the teachers teaching my kids about this!?" Now the teachers are saying "Why aren't the churches teaching this!?" When will it end? How come no one wants to take ultimate resposibility for raising/teaching kids. I have two small kids neither one is school age yet, and my five year old has been tested at a fifth and sixth grade level on many subjects, they blew the teachers away at their school aptitude test with their depth of knowledge. I am not trusting anyone to educate my children but myself and my family. They will go to school of course and whatever they learn there will be great, but I will make sure they know what they NEED to know(manners/morality/integrity. . .) along with reinforcing and adding to what the school teaches.

Parents step up; raise your kids don't just buy them food/clothes and drive them to sports practice. I believe that a child is a direct reflection of their parents. Being a parent is not easy, no one said it would be (and if they did they were stupid). Step up to the challenge.

T. Hanson

Ok.. So what the heck does AIDS/STD's do with her point? She is teaching preteens/teens about a topic that is uncomfortable for them and the usual response is to make jokes (especially for youth).

"I looked at the paraprofessional who was in the class and said, “Did you notice that there are churches and parishes on the major street corners around this school and yet you can see they are having a minimal impact?” She agreed with me wholeheartedly. "
So what....

Are you saying that churches need to teach about STDs? I could see that going really well. One Church would say that only gays get AIDS. While the other Church would say that you will get an STD if you have sex prior to marriage. So much misinformation has been generated by that line of thinking.

And on a side note;
KarenNKC,
Posting to multiple threads on a topic that has nothing to do with the letter is the quickest way to loose the impact of what you are saying. Also blasting people in such an automated response is not making your point carry any weight. The only thing you pretty much did was make sure that anything you post will be ignored by quite a few people.

Stifled Freedom

Clergy teaching in public schools will likely meet with some resistance.

This is sort of counter intuitive to the theory that bars, strip clubs, adult bookstores, etc cannot be within 1000s of feed of a school or day care because of the evil "influence". I thought the proximity thing was important. Apperently not, the churches dont seem to have a positive impact according to Ms Soloman.

Churches nowadays are not interested in saving souls like the old-time small town churches. The modern suburban mega churches are big businesses with large bank accounts and full-time staff and lobbying influences.....and lawyers to help with the child molestation cases.

irishguy

Karen, have you spammed every thread with this? Please stay on topic.

karennkc

I'm not sure why taxpayers should pay for institutions that they have no control over.

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