Stepping on Jesus?

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Registered: 01-23-2003
Stepping on Jesus?
Wed, 03-27-2013 - 4:16pm

Well, well, another school in the news.  Unfortunately, it happens to be my daughter's school-again.  What do you think of this?  Do you worry about what ideas your kids are learning?  Do you see any problem at all with this?



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Registered: 07-30-1997
Wed, 03-27-2013 - 5:19pm

As nonreligious as ds20 is my guess is he would've walked out saying the whole thing was ludicrous. 

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Registered: 10-16-1999
Wed, 03-27-2013 - 6:08pm

I am concerned that the instructor thought this was ok. WOuld he have been just as OK with instructing students to stomp on Allah? Buddah? Mohammed? Most likely not because THAT would be insensative. While I believe its wrong to discriminate against minority religions I am getting really frustrated with how acceptable Christianity bashing has become in recent years.

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Registered: 10-25-2006
Thu, 03-28-2013 - 5:45pm

Because the exercise was carried out in an "intercultural communications" class, I don't think it's as bad as it initially appears, and I do understand the purpose of it.   A better exercise, though, would have been to distribute sheets of paper with preprinted names of Jesus, St. Patrick, Mother Mary, Mohammed, Allah, Krishna, Vishnu, Buddha, Moses, etc. to the students, and ask them to stomp on them.  I'm sure that if the students had instead been asked to write the name "Allah" on the sheets of paper there would have been an uproar, too. 

The student who refused to participate should not have been punished at all.


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Registered: 12-16-2003
Fri, 03-29-2013 - 6:28pm

My kids would have left, dd said after picking up the paper and singing Lift High the Cross!!!

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 07-24-1997
Mon, 04-01-2013 - 5:05pm

Although I'm a *very* practicing Catholic, my first thought was not, "How horrifying to stamp on the name of God" but "That is a really juvenile professor who is teaching down to his students."

I mean, seriously, this type of role-play (though not this specific example) has its place in, say, middle school or early high school.  Does the professor think that college students can't use their imaginations?  Is he so literal-minded that he can't come up with a more meaningful way to get an idea across?  I'm simply astonished at the stupidity of it.

I don't worry about what kind of ideas my kids are learning.  *I* raised them.  One of the things I raised them to do is learn to evaluate people, events, and thoughts, but to hold their judgment lightly.  I send them to college to become educated individuals.  I don't have to love every idea they come across, but the world is full of ideas I think are revolting and hateful.  The important thing is to embrace life, people, ideas with generosity and critical thought.

I see nothing in this professor's "activity" that inspires critical thought.  Just idiocy.

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Registered: 03-27-2013
Fri, 04-12-2013 - 1:37pm

my2kidsmom199498 wrote:
My kids would have left, dd said after picking up the paper and singing Lift High the Cross!!!

LOL! I don't have kids yet but I would hope that mine would do the same thing.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Wed, 04-24-2013 - 2:10pm

In this case, I'd be more worried about what my student wasn't learning. This is a college class, seriously? Makes me worry for the future of higher education!