I'm a 6th grade Social Studies teacher. The topic of religion as a part of culture comes up all the time. Today during a discussion of Greek myths, a student (a 12 year-old girl with a sweet smile) asked me if I believed in god. I paused and said, "Well, sure."
I felt that I was having a discussion with a child about Santa or the Easter Bunny. I didn't want to be the one to tell the child that all the adults in her life have been lying to her.
This has been bothering me all day. When this comes up again - I'm sure it will - should I lie as I did today, or should I tell the truth?
The best time to tell the truth is at your retirement party.
Tell the truth, but leave immediately after :-)
Tell the truth, but tell them it is a highly personal choice. You will teach them all to stand up for what they believe, even if it's unpopular. Hopefully it also teaches them to question, which should be the main focus of education anyway...
I hate being lied to, i was in 6th not to long ago, I wasn't dumb, most of them can probably handle it.
I wouldn't beat yourself up. It is a hard situation to be in and I would've probably done the same thing. If that little girl had gone home and told her parents that her teacher didn't believe it could've started a downward spiral.
That story reminds me of when I shed my 'faith', except it was 4th grade. I didn't ask if my teacher believed in a god, but learning the Scientific Method the period pretty much cemented my newfound non-belief.
"You might want to tell the girl that her family is not exactly lying, because they believe it themselves"
That's slippery slope when you are in a teaching position
Well, that falls into the separation of church and state. She works for a state institution of learning. In my opinion something like that could get you fired and one's opinions about religion or politics should be left out of the equation.
Unfortunatly, things like these are hard to determine considering the hidden curriculum. There are many things that teachers are forced to teach upon children. Depending on the situation of the work place for you it may be okay to actually question god to your students. I don't see why in the curriculum we are told to teach about god and the bible and what it means for the most part yet we cannot raise questions and disbeliefs about it. It really all depends on your work environment and if those types of things will be allowed in the classroom... which they definatly should be.
This is where we differ '. It really all depends on your work environment and if those types of things will be allowed in the classroom... which they definatly should be."
I don't think it should be allowed in public school systems unless it's a class on theology as an elective. Religion has no place in public schools and government.
Well that's exactly what I was getting at. Of course religion should not be inforced in a public school system. It should be something of a choice, and not forced upon children. I was referring to atheisim in school systems. If our children are forced to learn about religion they should learn the contrasting views about it, and not just what the bible teaches.I do agree with you that religion should not be in the public school system or the government because yes it has no place.
What are your feelings on teaching evolution? I mean.. a theory, disproved over 4 decades ago... countless modern discoveries that lead to intelligent design.... The acknowledgment of people like Dawkins who say,"It appears that everything has intelligent design," I mean.. don't you feel sickened that you are teaching these kids a bunch of false theories that are only kept around to not stir up trouble?