Could public high school social studies get any more humanistic?

Recently the same teacher who claimed that Christians, Jews, and Muslims all worship the same God gave out an extra-credit assignment: Read The Da Vinci Code and note all occurrences of Renaissance art. Sound a little fishy for a supposedly secular social studies class?

I was actually quite shocked when he gave it out. I began to question whether this class was really¬† secular or not… but this confirms it: The teacher is actively trying to undermine our beliefs.

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Published in: on February 20, 2007 at 9:55 pm  Comments (8)  

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  1. This is part of the reason why I homeschool my son. He’s now a sophomore in high school. The drugs, violence and shoddy teaching, crowded classrooms, loose morals, etc. all came into play into making this decision. The only drawback is the lack of social interaction with his peer group. Of course that might not be such a bad thing in the longrun either.

  2. Yes, a lack of social interaction with his peer group is definitely a good thing. I actually heard that homeschooled children are more socially adaptable, due to the fact that they’re more accustomed to being around any age group; while, in high school, they only know how to talk to people their own age.

    Then what happens, when they only talk to their own age, is that they develop their own dialects and modifications of speech. Your son has it good the way you raised him.

  3. Thank you for the encouragement.

  4. No surprise there, given the dishonesty of humanism: I can do whatever I want, even lie. Either the teacher is secular, but teaching a false religion to ‘even the playing field’ by counteracting the evils of Christianity, i.e. teaching falsehood that good may come, or the teacher follows a false religion and claims to be secular. Either way, the teacher is a liar. The teacher has no desire for truth.

    As a homeschool graduate, I concur that social interaction exclusively with one’s peers is detrimental. Good parents do not limit social interaction by homeschooling; they broaden that social interaction. I had plenty of social interaction with people of all ages, economic classes, and backgrounds–from playing on several sports teams, to discussing weighty questions with adults at church, to serving meals to the homeless at the local rescue mission. What a shame it would be to have the bulk of one’s social interaction in a school, an artificial environment with forced attendance.

  5. CRP,

    Have you actually READ the Da Vinci Code? It is, if you read it without prejudice, a very spiritual book, although it does question some orthodox doctrines, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. And dan Brown does use a lot of Renaissance art in his book, so it can be seen as an incentive to motivate all of you to learn a little Renaissance art while reading a book that is certainly a hot topic these days.

    As a former teacher of college freshman, I think that this assignment by your teacher is both creative and one that, if done in the proper spirit by the students, something that you would learn a lot from.

    A general comment on secular education:

    A lot of what you lean in a secular education may challenge your religious beliefs. For instance, many of the more conservative orthodox Christians have a real problem with the theory of evolution, yet that is what is taught in secular educational instutitions. And in some states, teachers are required to teach what is euphemistically called “Creationist Science,” a blatant attempt to promote religious belief, if I ever saw one.

    Answer me honestly, would you oppose the teaching of Creationism in your social science or science class as vehemently as you seem to oppose the fact that Judaisn, Christianity, and Islam share the same God? Oe would you be more inclined to oppose the teaching of evolutionary science?

    Peace!
    John

  6. Hello John.

    No, I have not read the book, and the movie nearly put me to sleep.

    It is, if you read it without prejudice, a very spiritual book, although it does question some orthodox doctrines, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.

    Exactly. Why is the teacher bringing a spiritually-oriented book into a secular classroom?

    As a former teacher of college freshman, I think that this assignment by your teacher is both creative and one that, if done in the proper spirit by the students, something that you would learn a lot from.

    If the teacher is willing and allowed to assign the Da Vinci Code, why aren’t they willing and allowed to assign the Bible (to be fair/balanced)?

    A lot of what you lean in a secular education may challenge your religious beliefs.

    That’s exactly why the Department of Education is unconstitutional. It’s a Congressional establishment of religion. It’s totalitarian to let your government control the information that is taught to your kids.

    Answer me honestly, would you oppose the teaching of Creationism in your social science or science class as vehemently as you seem to oppose the fact that Judaisn, Christianity, and Islam share the same God? Oe would you be more inclined to oppose the teaching of evolutionary science?

    If the school were not endorsed by the government, I wouldn’t have any problem with them teaching whatever they want to teach. Am I for against teaching evolution in government schools? Neither — I’m against government schools.

    Now, I don’t want to stop kids from learning. I don’t want to demolish the schools themselves; I just want the government to bind itself by the chains of the Constitution, which is to say, abolish the government school system.

    By the way, I haven’t responded much lately because I’m getting a new computer, so I apologize for any delay.

    CRP

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