Bible Classes at a Public School?  

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My daughter brought home this flyer home from school the other day. I have read and re-read it but I still do not understand HOW it is 'allowed' on public school grounds (you know, the whole separation of church and state thing) unless it's because it's an after school program?

If this is totally a-okay, maybe I will organize a Pagan study group.....

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Schools often do things that don't seem to be 'allowed' I think they pretty much go with what has been allowed in the past. In 2008 my daughter came home from school boasting of elections in school. I asked her who she voted for and she said 'John McCain, because Obama puts babies in trash cans' I was horrifide that a teacher would so obviously try to persuade children one way as opposed to another. I think that children should be taught to think for themselves and a group of 6 year old is not an appropriate group to bring up the issue of abortion to in the first place... or if so there is a less crass way of putting it.

As far as a pagan study group... I suggest you feel out your community. In one community I lived in I could not be openly pagan because then I was treated like I was just too young to know any better (mid twenties) and that I did not make a proper parent because of what my children were being subjected to. If you feel that your community may be like that then I suggest laying low on that subject. But, if yours is a very open community that accepts all religions then I say go for it!

February 2, 2012 at 2:18 PM

I guess it depends on if your school allows other organizations to rent/use the rooms for other things, however, I don't believe the flyers should be passed out to children at a public school. If it was a room rental thing, then public notices or newspaper ads but definitely not flyers home with the kids. Seems like a violation to me.

February 2, 2012 at 2:45 PM
Diane R.  

Yes, it's because it is an after school thing. I remember reading about a court case bunch of years ago and as long as it was after school hours, court ruled it was OK

February 2, 2012 at 8:41 PM

So i'm a teacher and the have some of these classes after school where I work...
they hold the classes in the cafeteria, where they write bible verses on this old fashioned rolly-chalkboard, and the they conveniently leave it out for all to see in the cafeteria during the school day.

it drives me nuts!

February 3, 2012 at 10:39 AM

" to all boys and girls first through sixth grades, regardless of religious background."

Whew, that's a relief! I was worried that the Christian Bible study would only be open to Christians. I guess if it's open to anyone (who wants to go learn how to be a good Christian), it must be ok.

Maybe a "Wheel of the Year" study group would be a good idea. Clearly there's some process already in place that allows the community to use the school for extracurricular clubs. I'm sure they'll even allow you to hand out fliers during school hours.

February 3, 2012 at 1:27 PM

If it's like the rules that serrated my high school then yes it's because it's after school. Myself, along with a few other Pagan kids and the atheists formed a discussion group. All we needed was a teacher sponsor. We learned one of the science teachers was an atheist.

We even got our group in the yearbook. So check your schools rules. You likely can make it happen.

February 3, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Yeah its probably because its an after school program. And unfortunately its up to the teachers/principle on whether your flyer will be distributed. You could try to do it and I'm sure if you brought it to the school board you'd get attention, but not much else.

February 4, 2012 at 2:20 AM

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