Why is it that teachers seem to be so uneducated about the trampling of the rights of their students? If they paid any attention to the media, they would see a plethora of cases where teachers were found to be wrong when they exerted their personal agenda and violated the constitutional rights of students. They expect students to learn what’s going on in the world around them so why aren’t the teachers practicing what they preach?
This rant is prompted by yet another teacher violating the constitutional and First Amendment rights of a second grade student at Hamilton Elementary School in the Houston suburb of Cypress, Texas.
During a ‘read to myself’ time in class, a second grade girl was reading her favorite book, the Bible. When the teacher saw her, she took the Bible away from the girl. The parents of the girl contacted the Liberty Institute instead of contacting the school directly. They have asked that their identity be protected for fear of retaliation of some sort.
When attorneys with the Liberty Institute contacted the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, school officials informed all district employees that it is okay for students to read their Bibles during independent reading time.
Michael Berry, Senior Counsel with the Liberty Institute said that the school library where the incident took place contains copies of the Bible for students to check out and read, prompting him to ask:
“So if it’s appropriate for their own library, why on Earth would it not be appropriate for their own students?”
One parent who has a child attending the school, Jennifer Muse commented about the incident when she heard the news:
“They are letting them read the Hunger Games, that’s kids killing kids, why can’t she read the Bible.”
However, another parent, obviously a liberal Democrat believes the teacher responded appropriately because of the so-called separation of church and state. This demonstrates just how much some people have been brainwashed by anti-Christian liberals.
First off there never was a separation of church and state and secondly, the First Amendment gives the student the right to read her Bible on her free time without school or teacher interference. I suspect that the teacher involved was either ignorant of the law or had her own personal anti-Christian agenda. Unfortunately, there are many of both kinds of teachers in the public schools and more times than not they are getting away with it.
This is another reason why I believe that every teacher should be required to take a course or courses in constitutional law so that they know what is and isn’t allowed before they ever set foot in a classroom. Then ignorance would no longer be an excuse and teachers who try to push their own personal agenda on their students can be singled out and dealt with accordingly.