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Classroom Best Practices: Scare ‘Em with Damnation

… Or “How to Run a School”

Scenario… Public school teacher tells students that they belong in hell if they reject Christianity and accept evolution. Student records conversation. School district bans recording devices.


Schools have always been at the forefront of 1st Amendment cases, but the teacher’s action is absurdly in violation of the Constitution. As for recording devices on public property, I can see a case for not wanting them there to protect other students, but to protect a teacher? Having been a middle school teahcer, I sometimes came up against the rules, and have ranted at children. I never crossed the line into acting illegally, or subjecting children to rights-removing action. Teachers are there to enable learning, growth, and civic leadership, not to take a moralistic stand and lecture about the students’ likelihood of damnation. That’s what churches are for.

PS – In the above-linked Barnette case, the best EVER summation of the American experiment appears: “But freedom to differ is not limited to things that do not matter much. That would be a mere shadow of freedom. The test of its substance is the right to differ as to things that touch the heart of the existing order. If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion.” – Justice Robert Jackson


Filed under: Culture, Philosophy, Politics, Science, Weird/Funny

2 Responses

  1. […] that a student may not support bad/wrong things/ideas. This creates a slippery slope, wherein ANYBODY at a school (a teacher is a petty government official, technically first-responders) can tel…, and then punish the student. Teachers need to have authority, but students must have […]

  2. Kewl site man…

    keep up the good work man…….

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