i've been following this thread just cause i was interested, but now something has happened similarly in my life that i don't know what to do about!! can i piggyback on your thread, OP?
my up-till-now homeschooled son is attending school for the first time this year. he's 6, in 1st grade. i registered him like 10 minutes till the end of the day, the day before school started
anyway, i put him in one of the magnet schools, and i pulled strings to get him into the class with a male teacher (he's fatherless and has no male influence; i thought this would be a good idea). he started last wednesday.
the teacher uses a guitar and singing as part of his day, every day, and he's really into repetition, not just with the guitar. yesterday, ds comes home singing some song with God in it.
now-- this is a public school! and, we are Pagan-- not that it matters. but like a PP said, it's implying that there is a god, that there's only one, and that he's male-- in a public school.
i'm thinking that this guy probably doesn't think anything about it; that the song is just a cute little ditty. which it is. i was appalled when ds came home singing it. i said something along the lines of "that is NOT ok; religion doesn't belong in school!" to which ds said "i wasn't even thinking about it till you said something, mama, and don't worry, i'm not going to become a Christian anyway"
to which i said "honey-- it's not about it being a Christian song. i'd be upset if they sang Pagan songs. it's a *school*, not a church, and it's no place to be singing about *any* gods".
i want to nicely and conversationally say something to this guy, but i'm coming up blank.
something along the lines of "um...ds came home singing a god song. with all due respect, i prefer to teach ds about religion myself, as it's a highly personal issue, please keep school to schooly things"
but how to do that respecfully? should i write him a note? he seems to like parents to communicate with him via notes in the homework packet.
what do y'all think?