Originally Posted by Skyhook
"Martin said the issue is neither "black and white or right and wrong. It's more complicated than that. "
Pegged my BS meter. That too complicated
stuff is prime 'PC' for "You folks are too stupid to understand the issue.."
What the little student faced at the hands of that hiking tree-hugger is shameful and wrong
no matter if Mr. Martin can man up to it or not.
BTW, I have a favorite gunshop in Bennington I frequent and it is not Martin's.
The issue, as I see it is really quite simple. The teacher was imposing her beliefs on her student. That is wrong because if a teacher is to touch on any subject outside the carriculum, and they can't aviod it, then they must surely encourage tolerance to others beliefs.
ergo: You don't have to like thier beliefs, and you don't have to agree with them, but you do have to live with them or they may not be willing to live with your's.
As far as I'm concerned P.C. can shove it where the sun don't shine and I can argue that with an adult until hell freezes over. BUT, I cannot by virtue of my adult authority penalise a child for openly discussing anything that results from their belief system. In line with this argument of respect for others rights to be who they are, the teacher could have said. "I find this conversation personaly offesive and we are stuck here together. Do you think you could have it another time please?" this way the teacher is asking for respect for her sensibilities without telling the student that he is wrong.
In other words, is it too much to ask a teacher to behave like a mature aduld?