The following are excerpts of real conversations that took place in two my 7th grade son's classes yesterday. It made for very interesting table talk for the Ray family at suppertime:
Mr. Teacher: Alright class, on a scale of 1-4, with "1" standing for "not very important" and "4" standing for "very important," how do you rate the issue of h*mose*uality in relation to our government and laws? Raise your hand if you say "1." Raise your hand if you say "2." Raise your hand if you say "3." Raise you're hand if you say "4."
[Kids raise their hands at the appropriate time. My son raises his hand on "4," and the teacher automatically zeros in on him.]
Mr. Teacher: Tru, why do you rate this issue a 4?
Tru: Well, because homosexuality is wrong and we need laws that out law g*y marriage and so forth.
Mr. Civics Teacher: Why do you say it's wrong? It's between two people and it doesn't hurt anybody.
Tru: Well, because Bible says that the Creator of the Universe hated that sin so much that he destroyed two cities because of it!
Mr. Teacher: Oh, well, THAT was the God of the Old Testament who was cruel and judgmental. The God of the New Testament is only loving and kind and doesn't operate that way anymore.
And so the conversation went on and when the bell rang, it was sort of carried over into the next class. The kids were discussing what was said when the next teacher walks in. As she comes into her classroom, she overhears this:
Kid A: I can't believe Mr. Teacher talked about God in that class back there. I don't think he's allowed to do that.
Tru: Well, actually it's OK because I brought God up first. Students are allowed to talk about God and pray and stuff. If we bring it up first, then it's alright for the teacher to talk about it.
Mrs. Teacher steps into the conversation at this point and says: Oh yeah, it's OK for you guys to talk about God. It's just that *I* can't talk about Him. You can talk about whatever you want... You can talk about Hinduism, or Buddah or Allah or whatever. And besides, we all know that all of those are just really just other names for God anyway.
And who says my son isn't getting an education in the public school? He was exposed to post-modern thinking, existentialism and universalism all in a one-hour time period.