11 y.o. family project from school

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11 y.o. family project from school
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Sat, 04-11-2009 - 11:41pm

My 11 y.o. dd, Emma is in 5th grade at a public school. She has to do a family history project. To my surprise, she chose to focus on my dh (her stepdad). So she says to me today, "Mom, what do I put down for religion? We don't believe in that stuff" I am kinda pissed that she has to even do anything about religion, kwim? But honestly, I really don't know what to tell her. Should I contact her teacher? And say what?

On a side note, my IL's ARE VERY religious, since my daughter wants to focus on them should I have her report about their religion/beliefs?

Tia,


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Registered: 08-06-2006
Sun, 04-12-2009 - 2:09am
I guess I would ask her what she wants to say there. Maybe "no religion" is good enough...
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Registered: 01-27-2006
Sun, 04-12-2009 - 9:45am
Is the report about religion? Or is religion just one of the questions? If religion is just one of the questions, then a simple "not religious" would suffice. Good luck!
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Registered: 05-12-2006
Sun, 04-12-2009 - 8:19pm

When that question came up when I was in school, I always put n/a as in not applicable.

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Registered: 03-23-2004
Mon, 04-13-2009 - 3:57am
I would have her be honest on the project.
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Registered: 04-29-2003
Mon, 04-13-2009 - 10:46am

I think it is totally inappropriate for this teacher to ask the children to make any reference to religion in a report.

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Registered: 08-15-2008
Mon, 04-13-2009 - 11:13am
Makes me think:




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Registered: 04-07-2009
Mon, 04-13-2009 - 2:59pm

Hi Baba!

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Registered: 04-29-2003
Mon, 04-13-2009 - 4:15pm

Thank you for that information and knowing that next time I have jury duty, I just don't have to say.....the so help me.

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Registered: 08-15-2008
Mon, 04-13-2009 - 4:38pm
momtodom said, "She has to do a family history project."



You said, "Take it as a chance to teach your daughter about your DH's religious past, but make sure the teacher knows that including religion on this project wasn't the smartest choice."



In the context of the project, I believe the teacher is not making a mistake. Religion is a big part of society and family histories. Religion has the ability to shape individuals and societies. In the context of FAMILY HISTORY, I don't believe questions concerning religion are crossing the boundaries of separation of church and state.


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Registered: 03-23-2004
Mon, 04-13-2009 - 7:16pm
You know they actually have those kind of science fairs! They are sponsored by the guy who runs the creationist muesum.

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