Putting God Back in the Classrom
This was brought to my attention by the Little Rock, Arkansas Society of Freethinkers.
Quoted from here:
If I may have a few moments of your time, I’d like to tell you about an event that will have a significant impact on educators who are a part of your church. On Thursday, July 28th, the Nehemiah Network presents the 3rd Annual Called to Teach seminar. Called to Teach is sponsored by Fellowship Bible Church, The Church at Rock Creek, Immanuel Baptist Church, and Geyer Springs First Baptist Church.
Called to Teach is a conference designed for Christians who serve in the field of education. The idea is for educators to come and learn practical ideas for living their faith in the classroom. This year, Ray Moore and Scott Habeeb return as presenters; their presentations will inspire both new and returning attendees.
I would like to ask you to consider promoting this event in your church. Also, if your church has a school/church partnership, it would be a tremendous help if you would promote this not only to your educational members, but to your partnering school.
Called to Teach is a significant opportunity for us to encourage educators by equipping them with the tools necessary to live out their faith in the classroom.
Would you like to learn how to inject your religion into the classroom? Nehemiah Network is here to help! Just call 1-800-GAA-AAWD!
So, the goal of this seminar isn’t to teach you how to break the law by proselytizing in class. They state clearly in their videos that they want to “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s”. They understand that you can’t preach in class. They just want teachers to be a shining example of goodness to their kids. They figure if they let the holy spirit work through the teachers, the kids will just naturally come to Christ on their own. It’s explained in a little more detail in this video:
They want to share “Christ in the Classroom” without breaking the law. I’m still struggling to understand how this is possible. It seems like they are asking teachers to straddle the line of legality here. Religious language permeates their powerpoints and videos. Some of their materials talk about focusing on “teachable moments” outside of the lectures. They call it “Wayside Teaching”. It encourages teachers to focus on the small 2-5 minutes conversations you have with students in between lectures. They say these opportunites can be used to build a good relationship with the kids. The idea is the more the kids trust you, the more they’ll accept what you’re teaching them.
With all the language about bringing kids to Christ, though. I worry that the “Wayside Teaching” techniques that help build trust between the teacher and the student will just be used to prime the kids for learning about Jesus.
I understand where they’re coming from. Many of the sermons I’ve listened to recently talk about how religion needs to fill every aspect of your life. A lot of pastors seem to feel that in order to be a “true christian”, your faith should be evident in everything you do. It’s only natural that this would extend to their teaching. If they truely believe that the unsaved will go to hell, then the only moral choice is to find any way possible to reach the kids.
Here’s a couple more videos to give you a taste of what’s taught in the seminar. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!