My local high school district community has been in an uproar for months now. It’s getting tiring. Just recently, a teacher showed a sophomore class this anti-religious video:
(Warning: the video is 40+ minutes long and is very offensive to people of faith.)
The teacher thinks it was okay to show because the “context” was a discussion on bias. This video was used as a means of illustrating bias. Well, yeah! It’s biased allright. Atheist Richard Dawkins paints religion as evil and dangerous, followers are void of all reason, and parents that pass their faith to their children are guilty of CHILD ABUSE! What 15 year old needs to see this, regardless of context.
It just seems like lately, its always something. This teacher introduces a book that is offensive, and one could argue contains extensive passages bordering on pornography. That teacher shows an R-rated movie to 14 year olds. And on and on.
Concerned parents speak up at School Board meetings, and teachers and students get up and paint those parents as a small minority that wants to impose their views on the majority. (The local newspaper jumps right in on the bandwagon.) Admittedly, there is a small, radical group of parents that have joined forces and do come off kind of half baked. But they don’t speak for all of us!
Has anyone found an effective means of dealing with similar situations before? Please share your experience. It seems that taking each instance and addressing it specifically just doesn’t get anywhere. The teacher/division head/superintendent always has an excuse/rationale/“context” whatever. It goes on and on. Other than sending my kids to private school (not a $ option) what can be done???