Thursday, February 16, 2012
If you haven't read about the students whose Valentines day cards got confiscated, you need to read this story. I realize that there is a separation of Church and State amendment, but this is wrong. It is one thing to take away things that can cause harm (ie. guns, knives, things with obscene language), but to take away a note that has a Bible verse on it is ridiculous. If there is one thing that needs to be embraced, it is God and the message of love. Why are we so tolerant of every other religion and culture, but when it comes to Christianity then that is offensive! We are a country founded on the principals of Christianity, so that religion should be tolerated more than any other. Schools are so ridiculous anymore. It's no longer "Christmas Break" it's "Winter Break." What will be next?
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
I was teaching a class and we were discussing Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights as apart of Black History Month. One of the students asked me "Is there a white history month?" This question got me thinking...Why do we celebrate Black History Month in 2012? What will be next? Will there be a LGBT month? I may be alone in this, but I can see how this could seem like a put down to the Black community to have a month devoted to a race. If we want to have racism end, we have to stop categorizing ourselves into races. We have to think of us all as humans. I can see categorizing ourselves based on the country you live in (American, Canadian, etc), but I don't think we are advancing as a society if we continue to place ourselves into categories. I see this categorizing on everything from registration forms to job applications. It just shows me that our society values the segregation and not unification.