Causing trouble in school.

Yeah, that’s what I may be up to next week. I always figured my religious outlook and strong support for the separation of church and state might someday bring me into conflict with one of my daughter’s teachers, but I always figured it would be with a Christian, not a New Ager.

This all started last Friday night as I was driving Courtney out to her Aunt’s for a holiday weekend with the McCormick side of her family. We were talking about nothing in particular in the car when she suddenly blurted out that the teacher in her Life Management class told the students that she (the teacher) wasn’t teaching them witchcraft. I believe my reaction was along the lines of “Wait. Back up. What do you mean your teacher told you that she isn’t teaching witchcraft?” Courtney, sensing that she had just aroused some note of concern in my voice, took quite a bit of prodding to extract the whole story from her and even now I’m not sure I have a complete picture.

It seems that in addition to sewing, cooking, and the related topics covered in such a class the teacher is also teaching some New Age Spiritualism concepts. Kids have been told that they should listen to their “Spirit Guides” and are being encouraged to participate in some form of meditative practices prior to the start of class. This has caused at least one kid to go home and report to his or her parents that the teacher was instructing them in the ways of witchcraft. While the teacher is correct when she says she isn’t teaching the kids any kind of “religion” per se, she may still be crossing a line that has my daughter feeling somewhat uncomfortable. When Courtney opted not to participate at one point the teacher told her she was “only hurting herself.”

Not being able to get a good picture of just what, exactly, is going on in that classroom I suppose it’s time I paid this teacher an after-school visit to find out for myself. My intention is to be as non-confrontational as I can and keep the discussion as civil as possible, but it sounds like the teacher may have already come under questioning from other parents so I may be in for a hostile reaction. If nothing else, it should prove interesting.

4 thoughts on “Causing trouble in school.

  1. good luck is all i have to say. i have found that my expieirence with schools and any type of relgious discussion, usually ends up with me having to speak with the principle and threats of going to the school board. they don’t take kindly to parents imposing their first ammendment rights to have freedom of religion or no relgion taught to their kids. please post to lets us all know how this turns out.

  2. This is exactly the point I was making with the whole Vicar/Teacher/Christmas brou-ha-ha. While I have no problem with the beliefs of others when they decide to ‘share’ them with children it is no more acceptable than if they were to share their political leanings, sexual preference, or racist ideology.

  3. I hate these new age idiots who, by using the word “witchcraft” make people think what they’re doing is bad, even when they’re trying to say that’s not what they’re doing.

    Too many new agers have no clue, and being a witch myself, I take umbrage at their b/s ways of finding their spirituality (most of the time; I’ve met one or two folks who were on to something). They give us a bad name.

  4. It’s not what she believes that I have a problem with, though I do find most New Agers to be pretty funny in the pick-and-choose manner that they build their “spirituality” on. It’s the fact that she’s trying to teach it to her class that bothers me.

    For example, she’s tried to tell the kids that a spirit guide is also known by some folks as their guardian angel or their intuition. It’s the little voice inside their heads she says. She also says that when you get a buzzing sound in your ear that means your spirit guide has something very important to say and you should really listen.

    Funny, I always took it as a sign to cut back on the gin and tonics.

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