Saturday, March 29, 2014

Did Teacher Tell Student To Stop Praying?

Marcos Perez, of Oviedo, Fld., claims a  teacher scolded his child for praying before eating her lunch. Of course, Fox News and the likes have pushed this story around for a sympathy tour of sorts. Why is it that we as Christians want to feel victimized? What about false victimization is appealing?
 At any rate, the teacher was alleged to have said the following.

“A teacher saw her and told her, ‘you’re not allowed to do that,’” he said.
Perez said his little girl replied, “But it’s good to pray.” The teacher alleged replied, “It’s not good.”

Look, there is a time and a place for everything, and so long as the girl was not a distraction this would not be an issue. Most  of us realize teachers do not tell students they cannot pray. That  is crazy talk, but I do believe a mixture of miscommunication and misinterpretation played a role in the situation. I have not met a teacher who would be so oblivious to freedom of religion; as to ban a student from praying. So, I am apprehensive to believe this story is completely accurate.

"The principal responded to Perez’s concerns in an email. She said she had spoken to the adults in the lunchroom and that none of them recalled having a conversation with the girl." "Please know that students are permitted to pray during school,” the principal wrote. “I will remind all staff members of this.”

What is more disturbing is the family had the daughter reenact the situation at home while the parents filmed it. After re-enacting the alleged event, they posted a video to their facebook account. Normal people do not do things like this, as in making a spectacle of the situation of which you did not converse with the teacher about. For all you know, you could be bearing false witness against the teacher.
The parents are furious over the incident and considering homeschooling their child. Apparently they are fearful of the proposed general core educational structure. Which essentially provides schools across the country with similar learning requirements. People may not know this, but for years the common core has existed. As a matter of fact, my kids are learning the same things I learned in the same grades. I am sure you remember the infamous frog dissection in the seventh grade. That still happens today. Kids may learn different styles according to their teachers methods of teaching, but related criteria have long been in existence.

The common core builds off these principles to ensure children are getting, as the president frequently says, a 'fair shot.'  So, if these parents think home-school is the best option for their child, I am for it, and best wishes.

If you want to pray, then pray; however, one can pray within their heart at any time of day.

"And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.(Matthew 6:5).


1). Todd Starnes.(29 March 2014). Dad: Teacher Told My Kid To Stop Lunchtime Prayer. Fox News.http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/dad-teacher-told-my-kid-to-stop-lunchtime-prayer.html

2). Matthew 6:5. King James Version.

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