Crybaby of the week

Crybaby of the week

Today’s crybaby of the week appears to have no faith in her ability to influence her own son. When my children were taught stuff at school that I disagreed with, like Global Warming, I dealt with it by discussing with them what they were being taught and presenting a convincing counter-argument. I fear I may have done too good a job with our daughter as she got in trouble at school when she wrote a single sentence in response to the essay question ?What is Global warming?? She wrote, “Global Warming is a myth.”

The Sunday Star Times writes quote.

A mother kept her 7-year-old son?home from school this week to avoid lessons about the Christian origins of Christmas.

Katherine Hogg said she was unhappy her son’s class was being asked to act?out the?nativity and discussions Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

So on Wednesday, her son stayed home from Stanmore Bay School in the north Auckland suburb of Whangapar?oa.

Hogg had?no problem with Christmas activities in general, she said, but making them Biblical was “out of line . . . for a secular school”.

Her son didn’t want to join the activities?because he didn’t believe in God, but he was “upset” by the only other alternative ??going to another classroom.

The Stanmore Bay dispute has opened a Christmas can of worms: the Secular Education Network applauded Hogg’s stand, but faith leaders expressed disappointment.
Former Principals’ Association president Patrick Walsh said it was “PC going mad”.

“We should accept the traditions of our country,” said Walsh, principal of the Catholic?John Paul College in?Rotorua. “While New Zealand is a secular country there is no harm in celebrating Christmas with a Christian theme.

“We’re living at a time of goodwill and cheer and I think the parent needs to lighten up.”[…]

Katherine?Hogg said the saga?started when her son had a schoolyard debate?about who Christmas presents came from: Santa, or his parents.

He came home upset after a?teacher told him off, Hogg said.

[…] “While it is absolutely fine for children to hold their own discussions on Santa and religion on the playground, it should not be teacher-led within the classroom,” she wrote.

[…] Hogg said teaching religion in a “historical sense” was fine, but “I don’t think that would include Biblical?re-enactments?or encouraging students to talk about their own?beliefs.

“That’s really, really bad.”

Section 77 of the 1964 Education Act states that education in New Zealand should be “entirely of a?secular nature”.

Stanmore Bay School principal Matt Sides said the school was looking into the concerns raised. […]end quote.

If I were Principal Sides I would file the crybaby’s written complaint directly into this machine.

 

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