emmao1111 wrote:Greeting to One and All,
One of my friends daughters came home from (a different) school recently, convinced her Mum was evil becuase her teacher had expressed negative opinions about Paganism.
Does anyone have any experience of this? How do you all go about balancing your own family teachings with the sometimes opposing views taught by their teachers and peers?
My two boys went to a C of E primary school, my eldest (who is now almost 12) was about 6 or 7 at the time. There was a new head and his wife teaching at the school, they were hard core bible thumpers (on the surface at least anyway, but that's another story!), the wife taught my eldest, and would very often quote the bible at me, (My son has Aspergers, and at that time he wasn't getting the help he needed from the school), anyway... because I'm a divorcee (they loved my ex husband as he had remarried and would agree with everything they said, another long story)... anyway, this carried on for some weeks, until my son came home in tears... he said that his teacher has told him that I'm "going to burn in hell" (her exact words apparently!) because I don't believe in God. At that point I was gobsmacked, it's bad enough inundating average school kids with this stuff, but to tell an Aspergers kid this is beyond belief! I sat him down and explained that that was her view because she was a Christian (and explained about heaven and hell etc which he knew about anyway) and that my beliefs were different, that I couldn't "burn in hell" as I didn't believe in the devil and hell, and that what someone believes about God/Gods/Goddess/Goddesses is very personal and that it is wrong of people to make others believe something simply by making "threats" or because they want to impose their views on others.
He was still really upset for a long time over this, I never said anything to that teacher as it would have caused no end of trouble for my son. But needless to say neither of my boys identify as a Christian, they will find their own path as they grow up. My youngest is still at that school, but that head and his wife have long since departed (he was later struck off the teaching register for life after misappropriating school funds, there were other allegations but they were kept quiet and later dropped as there was insufficient evidence.. they are now "spreading the word" to tribes in Africa).
Faith schools in this day and age, should not be allowed. Faith should be keep out of the running of education, and kept in RE classes where all faiths are given a fair hearing, and then the kids can choice want faith they want to follow.