Thursday, October 25, 2007

God and the School Board

There was recently a debate among the candidates for school board in Columbus, OH. The nine candidates were asked if they supported teaching Creationism. One of them said yes, because it created a "well rounded student." Another didn't believe in separation of church and state.

Why don't they advocate teaching Buddhist creationism, or Hindu creationism, as well as Biblical? Wouldn't that create an even MORE well rounded student?


Anonymous said...

These is madness!

These children will have to learn their prayers -- of whatever type -- by heart, since they don't seem to be able to read, at least well enough to get past ninth grade.

Are you all crazy? School is SUPPOSED to be about educating children - you can do your religious education at the place of worship - how about we just concentrate on the children LEARNING ENOUGH TO BE PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS AND LET THEM MAKE UP THEIR OWN MINDS ABOUT RELIGION WHEN (or if) THEY CAN READ???

Anonymous said...

No kidding!

We allow religious freedom, BUT we have a mandate to instruct children well enough for them to function in society.

Can't we all agree that the PRIMARY objective of public education is to teach the kids to read, write and have at least basic math skills?


Steve said...

You're right, These is madness.

The point of this post was that advocating one religious choice over another is a Constitutional violation.

Look around the archives, and you will see where I have posted at length about keeping religious education at religious institutions, and where I have criticized NCLB for the depletion of funds to public education that could help these children learn and get a more well rounded education, such as with art or music, which has been stripped from many elementary school programs across the country.