Friday, November 10, 2006

A Teachable Moment?

This school teacher and I have a difference of opinion on what makes for a "teachable moment."

Emer O'Shea knew something was wrong the minute she picked up her daughter from Franklin Elementary School. The third-grader was normally very perky upon seeing her mother and new baby sister, but this time she glanced at her mother without indicating what was wrong, except to say that the school's social worker had visited the class. But Emer soon heard from another parent about what had appened in her daughter's class that day, and she was both stunned and mortified. The next day her young daughter finally opened up with a question that would baffle most parents of an 8-year-old child, "Mommy, is it possible for a man to have an operation to become a woman."
You can read the rest of this travesty called a "teachable moment" for yourself. The little girl had nightmares that her baby sister could turn into a boy. All for what purpose? For some group to advance their social agenda at the expense of a child's purity and innocence.

And please no comments about how this isn't happening everywhere, how we need to be "salt and light" or that we need to expose our children to the "real world." Jesus's words were clear, in Mathew 12:30 He said,

He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
I'm not going to enter into another debate about Christians and public education. I've been there and done that. If you would like to read it, it's right here along with all 172 comments. You can add your thoughts there or on your own blog. I'm done debating.

The schools are not going to get better with our children in them; our children will come out worse. "He walks with the wise becomes wiser still, but the companion of fools suffers harm." Don't be fooled, there is no such thing as a neutral education or school. (See my post How Then Shall We Educate?)

This child and thousands more are daily being subjected to teaching that is contrary to the Scripture.
See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ (Col. 2:8).
Sure this mother can talk her daughter through this and what was meant for evil can be turned around. That's the kind of God we serve. But I don't throw my children in front of a train, just to watch and pray for a miracle. My role as a parent is as a gatekeeper for my child's heart and mind until they can discern the Truth for themselves. And that's not in a third grade classroom with a teacher and a captive group of eight year olds teaching a philosphy contrary to the will of the parents and the Lord. In the adminstrator's "convoluted" logic, the parental notification law didn't apply and his behavior to the mother was not very "tolerant" either. Jesus said,

It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, rather than that he should cause one of these little ones to stumble. ~ Luke 17:3
I sure hope the people responsible for this are good swimmers.

If you're interested, here's my kind of teachable moment.

And I'm not the only one saying this, Bill at Ask the Principal gives his perspective, and Amy jumps into the debate with some solid thoughts in her comments section.

For more food for thought read, Why Do We Educate?

Update: LaShawn tackles one of the outcomes on society when we are taught to "tolerate" this sort of behavior.

(HT: Gena)

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