I was looking through my school district’s policy about allowing religious viewpoints in the schools. I came across the following quote on the district’s site, which supports some of the comments in the “Education” post. Looks like you cannot pull religion out of the classroom:

Play@Work is a campaign designed to share how MISD teachers incorporate their passion for a particular subject or topic into daily classroom lessons. Play@Work is about how teachers all across the district are applying the concept of play to their work. This simple act creates learning environments that are engaging, inspiring, and fun!

“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both.” James A. Michener


13 responses to “Teachers

  1. A master in the art of teaching, however, will make those distinctions, and will not take into his classroom those parts of his life and thinking that should not be shared with his students. Among these would be his religious beliefs and the details of his private life.

    • @PiedType. I agree with you-though I always end up learning about several of my children’s teachers personal lives via the stories they bring home.

  2. You may have already read this report by the Texas Freedom Network but it does an excellent job of explaining how the state’s religious education laws are actually being applied. It’s pretty scary.


  3. Good thing this applies only to men (and boys.) Women and girls are free to follow their own paths, since the Michener quotation, and it’s apparent stamp of approval by your school board in it’s use of anachronistic (and sexist) verbiage seems to leave those of the female persuasion out of the equation. Women and girls are free to leave religion out if they so choose, apparently.

  4. Hello “dam”, I just came across your page via here http://www.mediaite.com/online/why-are-so-many-people-flagging-atheist-moms-cnn-ireport-article-as-inappropriate/ and I’m sorry for a comment that’s not apropos of the topic at hand but I didn’t see an email address to reach you…

    I am quite pleased to read of your iReport article and enjoyed skimming through your blog just now. I’m moved to offer more than just words of thanks and praise… in the absence of any blog “tip jar” or what have you, I’d like to donate a small amount to an organization of your choosing. Or perhaps of your children’s choosing? Anyway, let me know. I’ve included my email address below and am not sure whether you will see this yourself, if so please write to me there at your convenience, otherwise feel free to respond below as I’ve checked “notify me of follow up comments via email”

    With respect and admiration,

    San Diego

    • Hi MB, I just wanted to thank you again for such a kind and generous act. I have no idea what you believe or who you are, but I love the idea of spreading kindness.

  5. This is very interesting and true. All three of our children attend schools in the MISD. If our district is the same one, we have seen first hand how teacher’s belief influences all areas of their teaching . Our eldest daughter attends one of the high schools . She has noticed that many of her teachers assume most of their students are believers and plan their lessons according . She has had several teachers who assumed she was christian because we teach our children to respect others, when they found that she was not a believer, their attitude towards her changed.

  6. You’re welcome dam.

    At this nascent stage of America’s (if I can dare to call it so) de-religification, we atheists/nonbelievers/”just spiritual” types face a dearth of social scaffolding. Believers can look to the church or to scripture for various aspects of how life should be led – everything from an inclusive moral framework… to how one should deal with grief… to the definition of love… to how one should be a good parent. When we formerly-religious folk perform our spiritual colonics and flush away the myths, we eliminate countless other aspects of our lives, including those authoritative frameworks that help us know we are doing the Right Thing.

    I feel like we all face the great task of establishing that scaffolding ourselves. Yet, though we might aspire to build such scaffolding from scratch, none of us have time or energy to do such a thing entirely alone. Your blog and your Atheist Mom’s Creed on iReport are pieces of what I see to be the collective reconstruction of this scaffolding, and my donation is a small way of saying thank you.

  7. *A Teacher’s Guide to Religion in the Public Schools *

    ** you can download a copy in PDF form it is published by the First Amendment Center or find it on http://WWW.freedomforum.org

  8. Through all of the stories of crime and additionally chaos, there has been one consistent champion – the educators. Teachers, whether expertly trained or perhaps choosing it up since the couple go along, which carve out little niches of protection as well as childhood for the kids in need. Librarians who emphasize us that people tend to be capable of making things noble and additionally sublime (will there be anything more stunning than a line of books in a shelf?).

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