Dear Surly Amy,
I’m in a graduate class about educational rights worldwide, and one of our assignments was to review a proposal for an educational rights amendment, which included the notion that children have the right to be indoctrinated into a religion in public schools. I was outraged and when we discussed this in my class, I pointed out all the reasons this is just wrong. But much to my surprise, everyone else just jumped right into the yeah-I-suppose-heâ€™s-right bandwagon. This week our assignment is to propose our own amendment. I don’t have to tell you what I chose to address. But this is a group task, it’s someone else’s job to decide what proposals make the cut, and I have little confidence that mine will get past the Scribe. I can’t in all conscience stand with my group if they chose to propose state funded indoctrination. So… WTF? What are these people thinking? Am I making too much of what is, at the end of the day, just homework? Should I simply state for the record that I disagree?
Yes, you should state for the record that you disagree.
Yes, you should speak up for what is right.
Yes, you should know that even though you are a minority you have all of us standing behind you and cheering you on.
That being said, if your proposal doesn’t make the cut and this project will affect your grade or will somehow change the course of your education or your potential for getting work outside of school then you should still participate in the project. We need educated graduates to stand and fight for atheist rights and the separation of church and state and what better place to learn to understand and to combat their arguments than from the inside.
Pay close attention. This is exactly the type of situation you will be faced with in the working world outside of school. Perhaps this project will give you some great insight in how to stop this sort of thing from happening in real life!
And you’re not outnumbered. We just aren’t in your class.
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