Saturday, July 19, 2008

Prayer in School


After being interviewed by the school
administration, the eager teaching prospect

"Let me see if I've got this right.

"You want me to go into that room with all
those kids and fill their every waking moment
with a love for learning. And I'm supposed to
instill a sense of pride in their ethnicity, modify
their disruptive behavior, observe them for
signs of abuse and even censor their T-shirt
messages and dress habits.

"You want me to wage a war on drugs and
sexually transmitted diseases, check their
backpacks for weapons of mass destruction,
and raise their self-esteem.

"You want me to teach them patriotism, good
citizenship, sportsmanship, and fair play, how
and where to register to vote, how to balance
a checkbook, and how to apply for a job.

"I am to check their heads for lice, maintain a
safe environment,recognize signs of antisocial
behavior, offer advice, write letters of
recommendation for student employment and
scholarships, encourage respect for their elders
and future employers.

"And I am to communicate regularly with the
parents by letter, telephone, newsletter, and
report card.

"All of this I am to do with just a piece of
chalk, a computer, a few books, a bulletin
board, and a big smile AND on a starting
salary that qualifies my family for food

"You want me to do all of this, and you
expect me NOT TO PRAY?"

Something to think about

Friday, July 18, 2008

This is love