The first is religious doctrine (BBC, Bush weighs into evolution debate):
President George Bush has started a national debate in the US over the teaching of evolution in school.And the second, personal politics (Maple Ridge News, NDP calls for peace in public schools).
The president has suggested that a theory known as "intelligent design" should be taught in the classroom.
It proposes that life is too complex to have developed through evolution, and an unseen power must have had a hand.
VICTORIA - Education Minister Shirley Bond says teachers should keep their political agenda out of public schools, despite a court ruling that upholds their right to bring political messages into school bulletin boards and parent-teacher meetings.Promoting a religious or a political agenda in public schools is not appropriate. It's not the place. Neither helps students read, write, or do arithmetic.
The B.C. Court of Appeal issued a split decision last week, upholding the B.C. Teachers' Federation's right to post political messages in schools and distribute them to parents.
Two judges ruled that teachers' right to freedom of speech should be protected. The dissenting judge said teachers can participate in politics as private citizens and shouldn't do so on the job.
Religion and politics are personal choices that should be decided by people themselves and within themselves. Not at the direction of somebody else and certainly not in a one-sided manner.
I'm all for courses teaching religious theory and beliefs, as well as I'm for courses in political science and ideologies. I think both kinds of courses benefit someone's understanding of the world. But, teaching "intelligent design" in a public school science class without it being in the context of a religious study course? I don't think that should be allowed.
Plus, notes on the bulletin board that say "BC Lib3r@|$ SuXXoRZ!!11~!" aren't helpful either. I, of course, made that up, but it's still inappropriate for teachers and especially teacher unions to campaign their politics to students.