In trying to find out about your child’s school, the most important thing is to ask the right questions. But first you must understand that teachers and principals don’t like to be questioned by parents. Of course, if your questions are about school hours or bussing schedules they will gladly answer them. But if you ask questions about the credentials of the teachers or what goes on in the classrooms, you will be considered a troublemaker. But whether you get the answers or not, this is what you should try to find out.
First, find out where your child’s teacher got his or her training. You should try to ask the question in as friendly a way as possible, as if you want to know if the teacher went to the same college you did and is a fellow alumnus. If you didn’t go to college you might pose the question this way: I hope my child will go to college when he or she graduates from high school. Can you recommend a college for Johnny or Suzie? Which one did you graduate from? Would that be a good college to aim for?
If the teacher tells you that he or she went to a state teachers college, then you know that that teacher attended the equivalent of a humanist seminary where humanist indoctrination was the daily fare. If that teacher happens to attend your church, then it should be easy enough to elicit information about the problems a Christian teacher faces in dealing with humanist doctrines. Christian teachers in the public schools know their place. They must keep their Christian beliefs to themselves, or else they will be reprimanded if not fired.
But if your child’s teacher is obviously a humanist, he or she will know exactly what you are up to and will go on the defensive and try to turn the conversation elsewhere. It becomes a privacy issue, as if the parent has no business trying to find out the life philosophy of his or her child’s teacher. In other words, you are required by the system to accept the teacher without knowing what he or she believes in. When you put your child in the hands of a diehard humanist, then you know that teacher will do all in his or her power to wean your child away from your family’s religion.
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