Carpenterdaughter wrote: I've been a teacher for twenty-four years and have never had a single complaint about my expressions of faith that inevitably come out in the mix of dealing with teenagers.
Times are decidely different than when you started teaching. We are in a battle for the soul of America. There are persistent forces against the Church and particularly against Christians. A great example of how the nation is pushing toward socialism is how the next generation is being indoctrinated.
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a U.S. education initiative that seeks to bring diverse state curricula into alignment with each other. It's being implemented in every State and all U.S. territories.
And now, partisan political statements are masquerading as English lessons in the Common Core curriculum that is standard nationwide in every grade level from kindergarten through high school. Education or indoctrination of the next generation of Americans?
Examples of sentences in an English lesson:
Make each sentence less wordy by replacing the underlined word... .
1. Commands of government officials must be obeyed. Incorrect.
Government officials commands must be obeyed. - Correct
2. The President makes sure the laws of the Country are fair. - Incorrect
The President makes sure the Country's laws are fair. - Correct
3. The wants of the individual are less important than the nation's well being. - Incorrect
An individual's wants are less important than the nation's well-being. - Correct Individual rights are also denounced by Karl Marx!
Critics point out that, "The job of making sure laws are fair is not the president's, but the judicial branch's. The executive branch's duty is to administer laws. And the example that places the well-being of the nation above the "wants of an individual" appears to run counter to the basic principles of the Bill of Rights."
Living out your faith while teaching in a public school is certainly becoming more and more of a challenge. Much wisdom and guidance is needed.