Did you all miss the parts about the schools that are NOT IN AMERICA teaching their
kids fundamental extreme Judaism (Zionism), fundamental
extreme Islam, etc.?
Wow this thread didn't go anywhere near how I thought it would. Thanks for those of you helping bolster the point I
am making -
REGARDLESS OF THE AUTHOR'S REPUTATION OR AGENDA, I selected some of her points that made sense to ME in the context of MY worldview and concerns.
It's no secret that I am largely anti-organized religion - and thanks especially to Windword
for pointing out the efforts of the Radical
Christian Right Dominionist Evangelical Fundies Moral Majority to demonize ALL OTHER RELIGIOUS traditions as well as SCIENCE.
I have never said anything about purely Catholic private schools - MANY of them are open to kids from any (or no) religious leaning, and they DO give
superior educations in many ways to MANY public schools. I completely understand why the families I worked with in the urban core sent their kids,
whether Catholic or not, to the local Catholic schools - I'd have done the same given the choices. The public school system that my own kids went to
was your basic well-funded, well-rounded type that is found in most more affluent suburbs, and they received quality educations - that district has
won national awards for their outcomes multiple times, and turned out MANY very influential people.....
LOTS of young families, when shopping for a home or a residence, will base their decision on the quality of the school district. Those who do not
have a choice - do not have the LUXURY of choosing - are left with the crummy inner-city public schools, or the (somewhat better) private and
parochial schools, such as Catholic or Montessori....
Those schools vary dramatically in the quality of teachers, books, lesson plans, and ATMOSPHERE among themselves. I'd have chosen a Montessori
school if pushed to avoid the public schools available.,
WHAT I OBJECT TO are the things like the clip from Jesus Camp Documentary (that windword posted for us - thank you), the homework paper that
, the Texas revisionist texts, the Egyptian school which forced the teacher to TEAR OUT THE PAGES ON EVOLUTION, etc.
Otherwise, whew...I'm glad you guys found the thread. Thanks for pointing out what I failed to manage to point out - extreme religion is dangerous.
Teaching malleable children extreme religion is likewise dangerous - those kids will be our LEADERS one day. Makes me cringe to imagine what will
happen as they get older - and shudder to think it's a possibility that some people want them ALL taught such nonsense...