reply to post by Benevolent Heretic
I just shared a story on the staff forum and I'll take a moment to share it here. Several times on ATS I have admitted a surprising opinion for a
Christian: I don't believe religion should be in schools- not even my faith that I hold more precious than anything. The following story is why. My
brother was once the minority in the battle of spirituality in schools and I saw how it made him feel. Being that my faith is
so precious to
me, I don't even want to risk having something else taught even if it means mine isn't taught either.
back in the 80's, my brother was in the first grade and I was 4 years old and not in school yet but what happened to him is why my parents never
placed me in the public school system until High School.
They had a New Age program where the children would contact 'beings' that included spirits, aliens, undersea magical creatures, etc. One of the
exercises was to lay down and listen to a tape that would place the children in the state between being awake and asleep. They would then be given
suggestions, very similar to hypnotism, which one expert admitted what they were doing to the children basically was a form of hypnotism.
In other exercises, they would 'travel by mind' to alternate dimensions and talk to the beings in those realms or communicate with
extraterrestrials. Sometimes they were placed into a trance-like state in order to do so.
One day my mother saw my brother trying to communicate with the beings from home. When she asked him what he was doing, he told her the children
weren't allowed to tell the parents. She and other parents went on a crusade, including the news, to get the program pulled from schools. I believe
New Mexico and Texas no longer have the program but I know some states up north do.
The reason I brought the above story up in the other thread was due to the fact my mother received flack from everyone, including my maternal
grandmother who was a public school principal. My brother had to sit in the library while the issue was being weighed.
The reason I bring it up now is to stress the point it is OK for parents to be concerned, aware, wary, and involved. The second reason I share the
above here and why I tie it into my beliefs to keep religion out of school is my reply to your assumption in the OP:
My guess is that people are just fine with indoctrination, as long as they agree with the subject.
If parents want to let their children partake in viewing Obama's speech: That's fine! If parents want their children to sit out until the parents
can review the material and go over it with the children together: That's fine!
There is no point in getting up in a tizzy over the film just yet but there is also no reason to criticize the parents for being cautious, either.