Saturday, September 06, 2008

Teacher Applicant

The latest making the rounds on the Internet... which is awesome!

After being interviewed by the school administration, the prospective teacher said:

'Let me see if I've got this right.

'You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior,
observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt
messages, and instill in them a love for learning.

'You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually
transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self esteem and personal pride.

'You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play,
and how to register to vote, balance a checkbook, and apply for a job.

'You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, and
make sure that they all pass the final exams.

'You also want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their
handicaps, and communicate regularly with their parents in English, Spanish or any
other language, by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card.

'You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard,a bulletin board,
a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps.

'You want me to do all this and then you tell me. . . I CAN'T PRAY?'

* Thanks for passing this along to me Larry!


Anonymous said...

You can pray all you want, at home, in your office, or in private.

You just can't teach or push said religious views on the kids. Not everyone shares your personal views on who "god" is or which "god" is the right one.

Would this teacher be offended if his children were in class and the Teacher began to pray, or teach Pagan or Satanic rituals in the classroom? Or perhaps radical Islamic or Muslim beliefs? I'm willing to bet all those pushing for prayer in school would be absolutely outraged if that happened.

You can't cherry pick which religion is right or wrong in a public school, thus all are banned.

-Stevie Chips

Eli the Mad (Beer) Man said...


On our UNITED STATES currency it says: "In God We Trust."

Not long ago-- in our lifetime -- everyone prayed and said the pledge of allegiance to the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. In that pledge it says: "I pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all."

If you don't like the basic tentans of these UNITED STATES... move.

It must totally suck for you to wake up every morning not believing in anything or anyone.

By the way... you TOTALLY missed the point of the post. You're so radically atheist that it blinds you to a great many things.

But hey... that's just my opinion.

Anonymous said...

The original Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892. It said...

“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands: one Nation indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.”

Funny, I don't see "Under God" there anywhere... Do you?

It was changed in 1923... Let's see what it said...

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands: one Nation indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all."

Perhaps I'm blind... do you see it there? I don't... Hmmm... Oh wait, there it is, in the alteration made in 1954!

You know what was going on in 1954 that prompted the change? A little witch hunt called McCarthyism.

"In God we Trust" was also put on money in 1955 for pretty much the same reasons.

So just because the Religious right who were in charge at the time and afraid of the Communists and their lack of Christianity, wanted to bolster the American confidence (you know, average Joe American that you and I have both commented on as being "a bunch of fucking idiots")that we're in the right, and felt the need to change our currency and pledge that had been fine the previous 60+ years, doesn't mean that today, 60+ more years later, in a supposedly more enlightened time, that it's "UnAmerican" to not want religion in public schools or have Christianity shoved down our throats.

We have a RIGHT as Americans to freedom of Religion. That includes Christianity (all 1 bazillion sects of it), Muslim, Jewish, Pagan, Wiccan, Satanist and even us much hated Atheists.

For the government to allow one sect above all others to be taught in schools pretty much spits on the ideals of those wacky pilgrims who sailed to this new land to escape...

Religious Persecution?

And no, I didn't miss the point of the "story". I know that it's saying "oh, that's a lot of impossible things you want me to do and I can't pray for help from on high to get me through it." Yeah, I get that.

Underneath that, it says "All this bad stuff is in schools, but we can't pray" and/or "All this is caused by lack of prayer".

And this argument can be made by anyone, including open minded Christians who believe in the "basic tentans"(sic) of the US Constitution (You know that thing that separates Church and State that none of you all seem to want to follow? Yeah that one). My being Atheist has nothing to do with it.

Eli the Mad (Beer) Man said...

AGAIN.. you missed the point. But that's OK because you don't believe in anything anyway.

You speak more atheistic rhetoric then any of my so called "Christian" friends. In fact, you do it so much and so often one might mistake you for a atheistic reverend.

You bitch and moan about how Christian shove their beliefs down your throat, but guess what? You do the EXACT same thing. Although when you don't believe in anything whatsoever... I'm not really sure what the point is.

Now... does that make sense?

Anonymous said...

Re-read the last paragraph in my previous statement. Nothing I have stated anywhere in this dialog is a sole Atheist argument. Anyone.... ANYONE can make the above statements.

You just blame it on me being Atheist because you KNOW I'm an Atheist. If you had no idea who or what I was or believed in regarding religion, you couldn't make conclusion.

Prayer in schools? Who's Prayers? Christians only? How about Jews? They're ok, right? Pagans? Witches? Satanists? Buddhists? Muslims? What about them?

We can set aside an hour every day for people to pray. The Christians can say in the classroom, the Muslims can have the cafeteria, we can plant a tree grove in the field out back for the Druids & Witches. The Satanists can go to the basement. The Atheists can do whatever they want. We'll have to build a shrine for the Buddhists.

Who's out front? Oh that's the Christians screaming that we can't allow "all them other blasphemers to pray here." "This is God's country" doesn't work where the Constitution is concerned. We already covered that.

I'm willing to bet The Founding Fathers and the general populous from 220 years ago were, on average, far more religious than anyone walking around today. And a sizable majority of them were Christian. And yet, they still put that little "Freedom of religion" segment and "separation of Church and State" clause in our Constitution. Funny that.

And you keep saying I'm missing the point. Please... enlighten me. I've already stated what I "think" it means. Perhaps you can educate this "atheistic reverend" on how the story has nothing to do with wanting prayer in school?

Also, let's keep it civil and knock off the personal attacks, eh?