Last Tuesday a random email came to America Vision’s inbox. The message was half inquiry, half clever marketing. The writer said,
I would greatly appreciate your input. I am a public educator and I teach a course on world religion to juniors and seniors in Red Wing, Minnesota. The course I teach is extremely rare in the public sector. I am presently writing a book about the challenges of teaching religion in public schools and my experiences. A sizable portion of the book will focus on replies from prominent people/organizations (such as you) to a basic question: “What (if anything) should public schools teach children about religion?” I hope you can find the time to respond with a few words or paragraphs. This question has been sent out to an extremely wide range of people working in a variety of professions (lawmakers, educators, humanists, social activists, religious leaders, journalists, celebrities, authors, college presidents and professors, gay and lesbian leaders, ultra conservatives and “flaming liberals”).
The request told me immediately that the sender—despite being an educator—had done no homework in regard to American Vision or what we stand for. If he did, he obviously ignored it. Since we do not advocate public schooling in any shape or form, he should have easily anticipated our answer.
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So, either he has no idea who is audience is, or he did not mind wasting his and our time. Either way, the whole thing smells of naive self-promotion. In reply, I got to the point quickly:
Ideally, public schools should teach absolutely nothing about religion, because they shouldn’t exist. Private educators should teach students about God’s law which outlaws theft, and thus state Socialism, including tax-funded public education, teachers unions with state-sanctioned collective bargaining rights, and state-funded salaries, benefits, and pension plans.
Then I gave him a reading list. Before he writes his own book, he should be more thoroughly informed on the topic. This is a good list for anyone interested in the topic of Christianity and education, especially the unbiblical practice of public education.
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For your book, please refer to: