Educators: Teach them how to think, not what to think

Filed under:General — posted by Jack on 10/18/2011 @ 12:01 pm

by Eric J. Andringa

“What is this country coming to? My 13-year-old son told me today that the Cross he wears on a chain around his neck is not allowed to be visible while he is at school.

Needless to say I became completely unglued. I ordered, yes ordered, him to wear that chain around his neck in plain sight.

I instructed him that if any member of the faculty says anything, that he is to give them my cell phone number. Now I wait with baited breath.

When I get that call I will burn rubber to get there and in their faces. They are going to get a rant about how two of my son’s Great Grandfathers fought and were wounded in WW I, how his grandfathers served in WW II and Korea, his Uncle was killed in a firefight in Vietnam, and his cousin was severely wounded in Iraq.

His ancestors made these sacrifices to grant my son, and theirs, freedom of religion. I’ll be damned if some politically-correct bleeding heart liberal commie pinko will take that right away from my son.

Here is the bottom line: what educators do is extremely important. Perhaps one of the MOST important jobs out there. They are training the future doctors, lawyers, scientists, engineers, etc. etc. and Leaders.

Therefore we have the right, no make that the responsibility, to expect excellence from our educators. Part of that excellence is fair, balanced, objective instruction.

Teach them how to think, not what to think.”

Note: this is not about promoting or protecting Christianity, or any particular religion, it is about protecting freedom of religion – or the freedom to have NO religion. Educators should not suppress crosses, nor should they suppress Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish or atheistic symbols.

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