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What is the single most depressing aspect of this letter? Is it the idea of labelling eight-year-olds racists? Is it the moronic conflation of religion and ethnicity? Is it the ugly grammar ("As such our expectations are that all children in years 4 to 6 attend school on Wednesday…")? Is it the bullying tone? Is it the unconscionable choice of font? Is it that someone can write that way and yet hold a position of authority in a school?
I don't think it's necessarily about looking at old religious artifacts. It's more about the fact that they'll be labeled as a "Racial Discriminator" for the rest of their school careers if they don't attend.
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I don't think it's necessarily about looking at old religious artifacts. It's more about the fact that they'll be labeled as a "Racial Discriminator" for the rest of their school careers if they don't attend. Like I said, I don't believe it's wrong to teach culture and different religions in school. I was taught it myself. But if a parent somewhere has an issue with it, it's their right to remove the child from that particular lesson. They should be able to do so without a repercussion like that.edit on 11/26/2013 by EternalSolace because: Clarity
I really don't understand this at all...don't kids learn about other religions and cultures in their history classes? I know I learnt about other religions and cultures in history class. And why would it be so controversial to take the kids to look at some old religious artifacts anyway? The note clearly says they will not be partaking in any religious practices, they're just going to look at some old stuff. I can't even understand why is it mandatory for these kids to get a look at some old religious artifacts when you can learn about those same artifacts in books.