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Topic: Elementary School (07/19/04)
TITLE: There’s Angels in Satan’s Sandbox
By WENDY DECKER
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Each day they pledged allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and the phrase, “One Nation under God” was not an issue for debate.
A child’s education is very important. Therefore, where you send your child to school is a personal decision each family must make with prayer and guidance from God.
I have chosen to send my children to public elementary school. My friends who home-school and send their children to Christian schools don’t think so highly of my decision.
There are days that I, myself, feel as if I am sending them to the battleground of Satan’s sandbox.
However, my children know they’re in the Lord’s army, and each day they put on their armor to prepare for school and any attacks that they may encounter.
I know they are just children, and I won’t exaggerate and say that there are no dents and scratches on that armor. Not to mention, I have to clean and repair it on a daily basis, but I do what I gotta do.
One Christian parent I’m acquainted with faced a battle with the public elementary in regards to a teacher planning to read a “Harry Potter” book each day to the class until its completion.
Although the book is classified as fiction/fantasy, this mother felt the references to Satan and witches was not fiction, and in conflict with her Christian belief.
This mother argued that “Wicca” which is practiced throughout this book, is a religion and religious books are not allowed to be read in the public school.
Therefore, her question to the teacher and administrators was, “why is the school supporting the teacher’s reading of this book? Why not just have the children who want to read the book read it at home?”
The local radio stations and newspaper opinion columns attacked her in the same way Lissa Lee described her experience in her story, “Pickets in Your Pocket.”
In the end her battle was lost. The teacher tried to compensate her daughter by sending her to another classroom to read a book of her choice during the “Harry Potter” story-time.
In other words, her daughter was being humiliated, discriminated and labeled a weirdo because this teacher felt it more important to read “Harry Potter” to her class than find another “fantasy” book to read to the children.
Ironically, I had faced the same type of occurrence, three years prior, only on the other end of the spectrum. Incidentally, the outcome was in favor of the teacher once again.
My son’s assignment was to bring his favorite book to school. He chose the story of “Joseph”. No rules or requirements were sent home with the assignment, so I didn’t’ think it would be a problem.
After he read his favorite story, the teacher sent home a letter berating me for allowing my son to bring in such an inappropriate book to class.
I responded to her letter, but didn’t want to make waves, so I let it go. However, if I knew then what I know now, I would have made sure that the comments of that teacher would have made every newspaper in the state!
To move this story forward, my husband is now an Elementary School Principal and he knows school law very well. Christian parents have many rights within the public school and are unaware of them, and so are the teachers! I advise any parents with children in Public School to get a book on school law to find out the many rights they do have.
Since I’ve found out this information my son and daughter make it their mission to bring God into their public school every opportunity they get. Public School is not only attempting to omit God from its premises, but Satan is slithering his way through every classroom door.
However, not all teachers are unbelievers, nor are principals and administrators. God has placed his believers in every nook and cranny of this world.
It is not easy for me to send my children out into this lion’s den each day, but it is a choice I have made and I believe that God will allow my children to be the salt and the light that God instructs them to be.
My children might be planting seeds that God will turn into beanstalks reaching the Heavens!