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To Teach Their Own

Posted on: October 6, 2010


A "higher power" is all around you-what you make it & choose it to be.

As is often the case, I received an epiphany while engaging in an activity of hidden meaning disguised as fluff entertainment.  This time it came during last night’s Glee “Grilled Cheesus” episode.  The debate on the show came down to the old conversation of separation between church and state.  Now, being purely spiritual, I’m the first to say we should all be open-minded and not shove any belief down anyone’s throat-but is it really that detrimental to have people appropriately express their faith and belief in school?

Whatever you believe, if you’re not hurting yourself or anyone else and you’re bringing more love and optimism into the world, couldn’t we all benefit from that?  As long as these faith-based expressions are moderate, good-natured and done with no agenda to guilt or pressure people into anything, what’s the harm?  I understand we can’t ask everyone to pray together and many people wouldn’t want to or be comfortable with that-but is pledging allegiance to a flag that cites a “god” that could be defined as any energy source or deity from any of the countless religions around our globe that problematic?

I don’t know, but the recent changes in our scholastic curriculum are concerning. The very artistic marrow of our culture is being sucked dry from our schools, and the almighty is fast on its heels out the door.  What’s left, it seems, are a bunch of underpaid, overworked teachers and uninspired kids memorizing facts that may never be of any use to them, other than getting them into the next dysfunctional level of our school system.  Perhaps we should start considering enlightening the minds of our youth with more free thought, art and faith in a world outside a box of no. 2 pencils and SATs.

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5 Responses to "To Teach Their Own"

I totally agree with you. That episode moved me in a variety of ways. It also makes me sad to think that Free Speech doesn’t allow kids to express their faith to others in school. I get that they can’t preach to them, but to share their experiences and beliefs is a good thing. It is what will help them to see past their differences and learn from one another. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we could all do that? Personally, I would much rather them embrace their faith than to be focused on insignificant things like social status and who has the new electronic toy of the week.

Your views are well stated, respected and greatly appreciated!

Your presence in my middle school classroom was soft and light, and look at you now! What a blessing to see what you have manifested in the decades since then. I am in awe! God’s bliss and blessings to you.

Thank you Jennifer. I remember you well also. You were a phenomenal, strong, spiritual woman & teacher, who led by example (and clearly still does). Your positive energy was recognized & appreciated by me then & now. Blessings to you as well on this magical, crazy adventure & journey of life!

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