At the moment we are dealing with our first ever negative experience at my daughter’s high school.
On Friday, our daughter came home and told us that they had four people come to their Science class and talk about Christianity. Now, I can understand if they wanted to use this no-work time to tell students about creationism, but this is not what happened.
Instead these people said that the only way the students could be perfect is through Christ. They showed gleaming new sports cars and compared them to Christians, then they showed old, rusty, broken-down bombs and compared these to people who haven’t ‘found’ Jesus. They said that the student’s are covered in blood and only Jesus can wash it off.
At this point, my daughter decided the lesson was crap and put in her earplugs to use her laptop. I would have walked out!
Naturally, my husband & I are furious! To begin with, religion should be taught in religion class, not science class. Secondly, if Christians are allowed to give their spiel, the same courtesy ought to be extended to everybody else. Can you imagine the uproar if it had been Jews or Muslims or (Gods Forbid) Pagans?
Thirdly, and most importantly, I resent the fact that teenagers (my own daughter included) are being told that they are less than perfect, that they are broken or faulty in some way because they do not worship Christ. I know for a fact that there are students at the school who have mental health issues, students who cut and who have attempted suicide on at least one occasion. Do they really need to hear that?
We called the school yesterday to find out whether the inclusion of this lesson was a school decision or if it had been foisted on them by the Education Department. Turns out that it is the school who does this and it happens every year. We spoke to the head Science Teacher and he is aware that these people come in but he did not know the content being taught. He assured us it will not happen again.
Regardless, we have made an official complaint in writing.
- Christians: the Most Judgmental and Critical People There Are (inspirationalchristiansfortoday.com)
- An Atheist’s Perspective: Why Sending a kid to Religion Class is different than Sending them to Science/History/Literature Class (rdxdave.wordpress.com)