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How would you address a student question about the topic of god/s?


If you are an elementary teacher and an atheist.

 

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    Gary R. Smith (Emanate Presence) 4 years ago

    Children are not just the possessions of their parents. They are the future of humanity. Every human has a vested (permanent, inalienable) interest in the formative years of every child. This is a time to question everything. There is more of course.

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    Rod Martin Jr (lone77star) 4 years ago

    Mother Theresa remains an inspiration to us all. Beautiful answer!


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    Gary R. Smith (Emanate Presence) 4 years ago

    Yes, there are considerations for whether this is a public school. Waldorf or other. In one way, divulging my own perspective would be the most honest approach. It does not feel an advancement to shrink from openness with each other out of fear.

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    Gary R. Smith (Emanate Presence) 4 years ago

    Asking kindly, is this doing a service to a child who has inquired about God, to tell them to go read a book, where their unformed mind will be subjected to single-focused propaganda? And to confusion, when they read multiple perspectives?


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    Gary R. Smith (Emanate Presence) 4 years ago

    And if the child is in a home setting, like so many, where parents are emotionally crippled and don't talk about God or any 'real' subjects? The teacher may be the child's only choice for *some* guidance which can be delivered neutrally & with ca


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    Gary R. Smith (Emanate Presence) 4 years ago

    How wonderful that you found your way through all the impassioned, half-considered and biased input (mine included) and found your own beautiful, thoughtful and well-rounded answer.

    You've earned my 'best answer' vote.

    I bow my head in respect.

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    Gary R. Smith (Emanate Presence) 4 years ago

    I like this general idea. Not to back up from the subject, but to embrace the opportunity for all to grow. In an ideal situation, the teacher could invite parental input. Depends on how far a teacher will go to deliver the best with some risk.


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    Gary R. Smith (Emanate Presence) 4 years ago

    I like the approach of diverting attention back to the child for them to answer. In some situations, it would be quite wise. If the child answers, 'I don't know' or 'What do you believe?', the next step of wisdom may only be known in that moment.

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    Gary R. Smith (Emanate Presence) 4 years ago

    I agree to know the parents and school policy if any. Yet if a child has asked, they may not be receiving guidance from home. As this is a life-shaping subject, in the end I would do what I feel best for the child and not what pleases parents.


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    Gary R. Smith (Emanate Presence) 4 years ago

    Can an atheist say this from a true place in herself?

    Would it be unnatural & dishonest for her to tell a child to pray to something she does not believe exists?

    Will the child understand?

    An approach that considers all will be the most whol


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