(before anyone starts foaming at the mouth, I'm not seething with rage about this or demanding anyone lose their job, it's a situation we've dealt with enough times I'm used to dealing with it, so spare me your persecution complex)
At DS's public school, his 2nd grade class made a kind of advent calendar, though they didn't call it one. It's a bell with a pull made of paper chain, one link for each day til Christmas. Here's the instructions he was given on how to use it:
"Every night before you go to bed, after you say your prayers, take a link off the chain, and when there's one left, it's Christmas Eve."
And that is how he recited them to me, word for word. He's a stickler for rules and directions, so he was careful to make sure he had them correct. He didn't ask me about the prayer part, but he made sure that phrase was included every time he recited the directions.
I haven't asked him yet if he asked (as he is very likely to do, since he is very much about rules) what to do if you don't pray. I'll wait a few days so it's not a big deal and I can just ask it in passing. Hopefully, if he did ask, any fallout from once again "outing" himself here in Jesusland will be forgotten over Winter Break.
Would you make a comment like that in passing to a room full of 7 year old public school kids? Is it just 2nd nature to assume they all pray at bedtime and nobody would have an issue with it? Or that they all celebrate Christmas?
I don't think it was the regular teacher that was behind this project. She sees a lot of kids on the specturm because it's the G&T program, and there's one child in her class this year, so she's extra-mindful of how literal they are. It's also just not the kind of project they do in her class. I suspect this was from art class. That brings up more issues. I KNOW there are kids at the school, even though there are none in DS's class this year, who are JW, Muslim and Hindu. (and statistically I'm sure there are atheists, agnostics, Jews and UU, too). I wasn't asking this just in terms of someone saying that in front of my specific child. Whether this was the art teacher or one of the aids or paras, they work with the whole school.
I work in a public school system and I'd have to say it was inappropriate for a teacher in a public school to say that. It should have been something like "after you get ready for bed". Some people just can't think past what they believe and fail to take in to consideration that what they do is not necessarily what everyone else does.
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