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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Do Bullying Standards Apply to Teachers? Can Teachers Bully Students for Freedom of Speech?

Should teachers be allowed to bully students? Should parents be advised their students are attending field trips in which speakers may be talking about issues contrary to the values in which they are raising their children? Should teachers be allowed to question children about their religious beliefs?

Whether or not you believe homosexuality is right or wrong, do you believe parents should have a right to know when this issue will be talked about in school and how it will be presented? Character issues are surrounded in diversity of thought. Should parents know what diversity teachings are present in their schools? Should parents and students have a right to question teachings they don't agree with and is it correct to hold them up to ridicule if they do not agree with speakers' and teachers' beliefs?

How is an in-school field trip about CHOICES (Creating Hopeful Opportunities in Children's Everyday Situations) helping students become STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) ready?

CHOICES is designed to impart character education information. STEM is designed to impart academic education. Perhaps the parents should educate their own children on character education and the schools should focus on the academic subjects.

When a student is asked a question and the student mentions the name "Jesus", should that land the student in the principal's office? Why isn't this diversity of thought protected? Diversity of thought is an issue public schools are advocating so you would think a student can answer a question without fear of recrimination.

Who and/or what organization created CHOICES? It doesn't seem to be a national curriculum resource. Should parents and taxpayers know who or what organization is designing the character curriculum for their districts? How are teachers trained to present this curriculum? Is it taught in opposition to moral and/or religious values taught at home?

If teachers demand to know students' religious beliefs, it only seems fair for taxpayers to know teachers' beliefs in character education. Is teaching "character education" becoming more of indoctrinating versus educating?

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