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Teacher says: Its not okay to write about God, but it's okay to write about a child molester"..

Posted by on Sep. 12, 2013 at 8:51 AM
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School Tells Child She Can’t Write About God

By Todd Starnes

A Tennessee mom is looking for answers after her daughter’s teacher refused to let the child write about God for a school assignment.

Erin Shead, a 10-year-old student at Lucy Elementary School in Millington, was assigned to write about someone she idolized. The girl, who is a Christian, decided to write about God.

“I look up to God,” she wrote. “I love him and Jesus, and Jesus is His earthly son. I also love Jesus.”

The youngster also said that God would “always be the #1 person I look up to.”

“It was so cute and innocent,” Erica Shead told television station WREG. “She talked about how God created the Earth.”

But Shead said her daughter’s teacher objected to the choice and told her she could not use God as an idol for the assignment.

Erin told her mom that it had something to do with religion - that God could not be her idol. The teacher then allegedly told the child that she had to take the paper about God home – because it could not remain on school property.

“How can you tell this baby – that’s a Christian – what she can say and what she can’t say?” Shead asked.

The teacher approved of Erin’s second choice — Michael Jackson.

Shead told WREG she met with the principal and still has questions about what happened.

“I told the principal this morning, would it be better if she wrote about Ellen Degeneres?” she said. “Of course there was no comment.”

Christian Ross, a spokesman for Shelby County Schools, told Fox News ”teachers are prohibited from promoting religious beliefs in the classroom.”

However he said the district does not have a policy that prohibits a student from expressing religious beliefs in class assignments.

If that’s the case, why was Erin Shead not allowed to write about God?

Ross did not provide an answer.

“This incident has been addressed at the school-level, and the principal has contacted parents of the student regarding their concerns,” he said. “Out of respect for and in order to protect the privacy of individual students and staff, the district is not commenting further on this matter.”
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Aamy
by Silver Member on Sep. 12, 2013 at 8:54 AM
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I agree the teacher was wrong, but the mothers attitude ........ I personally wouldn't care if a kid wrote about god but the mother acts like the kid is in a private christian school rather then a public one. 

-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Sep. 12, 2013 at 8:55 AM


Quote:

 ”teachers are prohibited from promoting religious beliefs in the classroom.”

Christian. School
SuperChicken
by on Sep. 12, 2013 at 8:59 AM
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I would have to see the assignment.  If it was to write an actual person "someone" the child idolizes, then I can see where the teacher would say God doesn't fit the assignment.    Otherwise, the teacher should let the paper stand.

And what's wrong with Ellen?  

jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on Sep. 12, 2013 at 9:00 AM
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I think the teacher went overboard.  If the teacher had made the assignment about god - wrong.  But the student is allowed to declare a personal belief, so the teacher is wrong and should be educated about what the first amendment actually means.  

MYBABYANDI
by on Sep. 12, 2013 at 9:02 AM

sad

jhslove
by Bronze Member on Sep. 12, 2013 at 9:07 AM
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I'm always skeptical when I hear stories like this, because it often turns out later that there were crucial details that were left out originally. That said, if this did in fact happen the way the article represents it to have happened, then I think the school and teacher were wrong. The student decided to write about God of her own volition; allowing her to do so wouldn't have been the teacher "promoting religious belief".

If the teacher had ASSIGNED a paper about God, of course, that would be very different. But the student chose the subject on her own, and the school (just like every other public school I've ever been to) doesn't have a policy against students praying or expressing religious belief on their own, as long as they're not coercing others or infringing on anyone else's right.

prommy
by Silver Member on Sep. 12, 2013 at 9:10 AM
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 I'm pretty sure that a young child writing about God isn't hurting anyone. Why should she be forced to go to a Christian School, she has the same rights of freedom of expression as the rest of the class does....oh wait, her paper might scar everyone in the class....oh wait...everyone in the class didn't read her paper, the teacher did.  Idiocy at its' finest.

Luvnlogic
by Silver Member on Sep. 12, 2013 at 9:12 AM
This

Quoting jhslove:

I'm always skeptical when I hear stories like this, because it often turns out later that there were crucial details that were left out originally. That said, if this did in fact happen the way the article represents it to have happened, then I think the school and teacher were wrong. The student decided to write about God of her own volition; allowing her to do so wouldn't have been the teacher "promoting religious belief".

If the teacher had ASSIGNED a paper about God, of course, that would be very different. But the student chose the subject on her own, and the school (just like every other public school I've ever been to) doesn't have a policy against students praying or expressing religious belief on their own, as long as they're not coercing others or infringing on anyone else's right.

jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on Sep. 12, 2013 at 9:12 AM
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The first amendment is really not that difficult, I don't understand why people have so much trouble with it. 

codfish
by Bronze Member on Sep. 12, 2013 at 9:13 AM
I live in TN and I am surprised if it happened as mom said that it hasn't been talked about here.
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